Fodor's Expert Review Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Alexander

Giurgiu Religious Building/Site/Shrine

In the city of Alexandria, about an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Giurgiu, is this once Romanian Orthodox cathedral (it became Episcopal in the late 1990s). The Cathedral was built of wood in the early 19th century, then from 1869 to 1898 was re-built into what you see today. Its impressive entrance hall has Corinthian columns, its candelabrum came from Vienna, and its 33-foot Gothic-style iconostasis and the pews were hand-carved. The marble floor was installed at the end of the 19th century. The beautiful paintings you see within are the works of then very well known Romanian artists Constantin Pascaly, Constantin Artachino, and Stefan Luchian. Within the cathedral is the tomb of Alexandria's founder, Prince Alexandru Ghica.

In 1994, during the celebration of 160 years from the foundation of the town, Prince’s Alexandru Dimitrie Ghica sarcophagus, made from Carrara marble, was brought from Bucharest, from the Ghica Tei Church and deposed on the right, at the entrance of the... READ MORE

In the city of Alexandria, about an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Giurgiu, is this once Romanian Orthodox cathedral (it became Episcopal in the late 1990s). The Cathedral was built of wood in the early 19th century, then from 1869 to 1898 was re-built into what you see today. Its impressive entrance hall has Corinthian columns, its candelabrum came from Vienna, and its 33-foot Gothic-style iconostasis and the pews were hand-carved. The marble floor was installed at the end of the 19th century. The beautiful paintings you see within are the works of then very well known Romanian artists Constantin Pascaly, Constantin Artachino, and Stefan Luchian. Within the cathedral is the tomb of Alexandria's founder, Prince Alexandru Ghica.

In 1994, during the celebration of 160 years from the foundation of the town, Prince’s Alexandru Dimitrie Ghica sarcophagus, made from Carrara marble, was brought from Bucharest, from the Ghica Tei Church and deposed on the right, at the entrance of the Cathedral.

In 1997 the Cathedral of Saint Alexander became an Episcopal Cathedral, here is the bishopric of Alexandria and Teleorman, and the first bishop was His Holiness Galaction Stanga.

With a beautiful architectural style, an impressive, monumental building, with beautiful interior, dominated by a veil of distinguished paintings by Stefan Luchian and Constantin Artachino, the Cathedral from Alexandria is a attraction that honors the city and the county of Teleorman.

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Strada Independenței 22
Alexandria, Teleorman  Romania

0247-314–377

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