The Timișoara Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedrala Mitropolitană din Timișoara) is an early 20th-century Neo-Moldavian style Orthodox church located in Timisoara, Romania. The Orthodox Cathedral is perhaps the most iconic sight in all of Timisoara. It’s massive height and size makes the Cathedral viewable from neighborhoods situated at far distances throughout the city. The enormous Cathedral has the capacity to host around 5,000 people at any given time.
Located in the front of the city center, the cathedral is found at the most strategic and focal point of the entire city. The Timisoara Cathedral is a true testament to Romanian engineering, design, architecture, will, and achievement. Its inception became a reality through the hard work done by a team of dedicated specialists who all played significant roles in the project’s fruition.
The vast majority of the materials used to create the church came from Timisoara, and its neighboring villages. The architects, artists, sculptures, painters, builders, and various other contributors were all Romanian citizens who had one goal in mind, to create a masterpiece that would distinguish the Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral as one of the most beautiful and significant Cathedrals in the entire world.
The Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral’s history begins in the year 1919 when the Banat Region united and became apart of Romania. Before this time the main religion in the area was Catholicism, the predominant religion of the Austria-Hungary empire that ruled over the land up until 1918. After the unification of Banat and Romania, the administrative leaders of Romania wanted to return the region’s core belief back to Orthodoxy. Prior to the year 1717, when it started to get eradicated, the Orthodox faith was the principal religion of the region.
The administrators of banat took a set of measures to empower and grow the Orthodox faith in the area. In 1926 they reestablished the “Old Parish of Cetate” (Cetate meaning Timisoara’s city center). They raised the rank of the Timisoara Episcopate to that of Archdiocese in 1939. And in 1947 the administrators established the Banat Metropolitanate, an assembly of Orthodox bishops and churches in the Banat region, with the head office in Timisoara.
The Cetate Parish of Timisoara sprung into high gear to allocate funds for their desired cathedral. They sent out many of their members far and wide across Romania to solicit donations for the funding of the church. By 1936 the parish had achieved their goal of collecting the required funds for the project. In that same year, the land where the cathedral would be built was donated by the City Hall, and an architect who would design the project was hired.
The inside of the Timisoara Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral is one of the most beautiful, artistic, and stunning church interiors in all of Romania. It’s spectacular holly paintings, gold trimmed walls, and enclosures, and huge arched ceilings and domes provide an ambiance rivaling that of the most captivating ancient holly monasteries. The cathedral is adorned with magnificent art, striking designs, and rare holly relics.