Saint Constantine and Elena Cathedral, Bălți
|Saint Constantine and Elena Cathedral|
|Catedrala Sfinții Împărați Constantin și Elena|
|Consecrated||June 2, 1935|
|Architect(s)||Adrian Gabrilescu and Andrei Ivanov|
The cornerstone was laid on September 24, 1924, by Visarion Puiu together with Patriarch Damianus of Jerusalem, Miron Cristea, Metropolitan of Moldova Pimen Georgescu, Gurie Grosu, Carol II of Romania. Between 1923-1935, Visarion Puiu was bishop of Hotin, his seat being in Bălți.
The cathedral was built in neo-Byzantine style. The consecration of the Saint Constantine and Elena Cathedral took place in Bălți on June 2, 1935. The Ecumenical Patriarch Patriarch Photios II of Constantinople was represented by the Metropolitan of Australia Timotheos Evangelinidis. The consecration ceremony was also attended by the king Carol II of Romania.
The building survived almost without visible effects the harsh treatment during the Soviet era, when it was for most of the time a depot, later to be turned into the municipal museum.
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