St. George's Cathedral, Timișoara

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The Cathedral of Saint George
Timisoara Dome.jpg
The Catholic Cathedral (built between 1736-1774)
The Cathedral of Saint George is located in Romania
The Cathedral of Saint George
The Cathedral of Saint George
Location in Romania
45°45′29″N 21°13′49″E / 45.75813°N 21.23029°E / 45.75813; 21.23029Coordinates: 45°45′29″N 21°13′49″E / 45.75813°N 21.23029°E / 45.75813; 21.23029
LocationTimișoara
CountryRomania
DenominationRoman Catholic
History
StatusActive
FoundedAugust 6,  1736 (1736-08-06)
Architecture
Functional statusCathedral
Architect(s)Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach
Architectural typeChurch
StyleBaroque
Completed1774
Specifications
Length55 m (180 ft 5 in)
Width22 m (72 ft 2 in)
Height35.50 m (116 ft 6 in)
Number of spires2
Administration
DioceseRoman Catholic Diocese of Timişoara
Clergy
Bishop(s)Martin Roos

The St. George's Cathedral, Timișoara or The Dome is located in Timișoara, Romania, at Piața Unirii, in the centre of town.

It is one of the most valuable buildings of Baroque architecture in Timișoara and the Banat. The interior is luxurious and expressive, with Rococo elements created by painters and sculptors of Vienna. The acoustic is great, many organs concerts being organized here.

History[edit]

The cathedral's foundation stone was laid on 6 August 1736. It was designed by Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach from Vienna, then Hans Lechner continued the building from 1750. It was finished by two architects from Timișoara, Johann Theodor Kostka and Carl Alexander Steinlein in 1774. The Cathedral was built in Austrian baroque style and it was dedicated to Saint George, the diocese's Patron Saint. The picture located at the high altar was painted by Michelangelo Unterberger, director of the fine arts academy of Vienna, illustrating the Patron Saint. The side altars were painted by Johann Nepomuk Schöpf in 1772.[1] The precious oil-lamps were produced by Josef Moser. The organ was made by Leopold Wegenstein, and it provides an impressive experience for the ears. The cathedral's bells were renewed in Germany in 1998.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gyula Delesega. Temesvári Kalauz. Editura Marineasa