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Orastie Orthodox Cathedral "St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel"

Updated: Friday, September 8, 2017 10:29 AM

Since ancient times, the land of Orastie, as Transylvanian realm, have had a powerful Orthodox Christian spiritual life. The continuity and constancy of orthodoxy in this region must also be associated with the concern by some communities to build places of worship when the spiritual needs arised.

Since the Orthodox Romanians were the majority in this city, Rev. Ivan Mota, along with city fathers and city residents, started in 1936 the construction of a monumental church in the city center.

 

The work lasted until 1943 and to the cash contribution of believers was added the aid received from Societatea "Mica" of Brad, Hunedoara county, from "Aurel Vlaicu" Highschool of Orăştie, and the Infantery Regiment, but the most important support came from the "Transylvanian Bank" of Orastie and the National Bank.

The church is unique in terms of church architecture, and is a combination of several architectural styles (Romantic, Gothic, Byzantine). It’s also unique in the fact that, unlike other places of worship built in a predominantly Byzantine style, it has a single tower (Gothic).

 

The construction of the church

The church is built according to architect George Cristinel’s plans, the work being done by the Construction House "Tiberiu Eremia Technical Enterprises" of Bucharest. The cornerstone and the commemorative charter were placed in August, 1936. The materials used were brick refractory from Santimbru (Alba County) and reinforced concrete, while the plaster is terraced. The Sanctity was done on September 2 1945 by I.P.S. Nicolae Balan, the Metropolitan of Transylvania, surrounded by a group of 32 priests.

 

The Painting

The Byzantine-style painting was done in fresco technique, between 1940 and 1942 by Bucharest painter Dimitrie Belisare. The painting in the porch and the nave got restored between 2000 and 2001 by Mr. John Sermon from Orastie, also Byzantine style.

 

The sculpture
Bucharest sculptor Anghel Dima made the ​​iconostasis, the chandelier and the seats, between1940 and 1942. They are made out of white lime wood, walnut and platinum wood, and the chandelier is made of white lime and wrought iron. The polishing with şlagmetal of the iconostasis and the chandelier was made by the polisher Demetrius Radulescu.

 

The bells
The 5 bells have been cast in bronze in Sibiu and, according to the 1939 currency, are worth 575000 lei. Besides the two bells, the church is equipped with two semantrons, one made of wood and a smaller one made of iron.
Currently the church dedicated to "Arch. Michael and Gabriel" serves the Orastie I parish, occupying one third of the municipality, and has over 2900 families under its spiritual guidance.

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