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Romania XLIV

By gss  
St. Spyridon-New Orthodox Cathedral (Patriarchy chapel) in Bucharest, Romania. 1825-1859.

In that period of the middle of the XIX century, era of intensive searches to pass from our specific art towards a western eclecticism, many strange shapes occurred, as here, at the St, Spyridon-New Cathedral in Bucharest. Romanian people (maybe excepting some artists or architects) liked it because it looked somewhat else and, the most important: was big, bright (having large windows), and music sounded fantastic (reverberation is directly proportional to the inside volume, so music quality is increased, but became awful for speech). Foreign visitors love it because, very strange fact, people from everywhere are preferring something very close to their culture instead than something different or exotic. I have an historic book, written in 1865 and published 5 years later, it is a "Guide Bleu" relative to "Turquie d' Europe" (European Turkey), in fact all Ottoman "possessions" in the whole Balkan Peninsula, as for example, Romania gained its totally independence in 1878. The book is a savory to read because has lots of "wrong things", due the lack of information that had the western world about this part of the world, But there are many nice and interesting informations (have only to check them, to become credible!). The most important is that the guide is written more as a personal blog or journal, the authors leaving also many of their impressions. Even if they liked many traditional architecture in Romania, they were so impressed by this church (St Spyridon-New), as they have written that it was probably the most beautiful and big church in the Romanian Principalities. Their argument: was that it was the biggest and the closer to western culture. Even today, if checking youtube or speaking with tourists, there is an unanimity: it is the most beautiful: "cause it looks so close to ours!"
Inside some Gothic ribs are sustaining a large cupola. Paintings of Tattarescu are separed by rich decorated dark marble elements. It has an unique large nave, contrasting at once with the small old churches, separated in 2-3 spaces.
Many time I didn't liked this church very much, perhaps because considering it as "foreign body". In the last years have reconsidered my opinion, having a more favorable one, especially appreciating beautiful details, despite its formless general form.
An old painting shows how it looked one year after it was opened (1860): wasn't very altered until today despite some bombing in WWII. Inside pictures can be seen here or here , has also some nice stained glasses ; it has also a Facebook page as I told you that is the most hunted church for VIP weddings - the site is plenty of that events.

Tags: Church Architecture Cathedral Romania Orthodox Bucharest Gothic Revival St Spiridon-Nou

Voters: nonur, barbarahirst, Kurt42 and 19 more

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nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
2 Oct 2015 10:15AM
A quality mono, I like it a lot, Silviu.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2015 10:39AM
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
2 Oct 2015 12:48PM
A very complicated building. Do you have any photos of some of the very old buildings before all the restorations began?
jocas 5 6 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2015 1:07PM
A fabulous building and educational narrative Silviu. The you tube clip is magical. Thank you for sharing.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
2 Oct 2015 1:29PM
Silvieu,great capture with history explained.

2 Oct 2015 2:02PM
Wonderful image
rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2015 4:19PM
A fine night-time capture of this imposing building, Silviu.

Drighlynne Plus
9 125 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2015 4:56PM
An excellent image Silviu.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2015 6:14PM
A beautiful building so well captured
2 Oct 2015 7:54PM
So lovely Silviu. Cathy
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
3 Oct 2015 5:10PM
Super shot and great narrative Silviu.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
4 Oct 2015 10:00AM
just beautiful

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