Romania People’s Salvation Cathedral set up new world record for Largest Orthodox Iconostasis

Romania People's Salvation Cathedral set up new world record for Largest Orthodox Iconostasis

“Romania People’s Salvation Cathedral set up new world record for Largest Orthodox Iconostasis”

The People’s Salvation Cathedral (Romanian: Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului), also known as the National Cathedral, an Orthodox cathedral under construction in Bucharest, Romania, to serve as the patriarchal cathedral of the Romanian Orthodox Church, has a giant Orthodox iconostasis (23.8 meters length and 17.1 meters height and an area of 407 square meters), which sets the new world record for the Largest Orthodox Iconostasis, according to Unison World Record. 

The iconostasis will be covered with mosaic on both sides, having over 800 square meters of mosaics. In Eastern Christianity, an iconostasis (plural: iconostases) is a wall of icons and religious paintings, separating the nave from the sanctuary in a church.

The cathedral is dedicated to the Ascension of Christ, which in Romania is celebrated as the Heroes’ Day, and to Saint Andrew the Apostle, protector of Romania. The Cathedral was consecrated on 25 November 2018 by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, Patriarch Daniel of Romania and Metropolitan Chrysostomos (gr) of Patras from the Greek Orthodox Church. When completed, the cathedral will also have the largest mosaic collection (interior decoration) in the world (~25,000 square meters).

The cathedral’s prestige is made even more unique by the mosaics that decorate the iconography of the dome as well as the iconostasis; realized by artist and mosaicist Daniel Codrescu and his team with Orsoni Venezia 1888 enamels and golds.

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