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Bucharest: Cathedral of Saint Joseph

About the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Bucharest:


The Cathedral of Saint Joseph is the most important Roman Catholic Church in Bucharest serving, at the same time, as cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archbishopric in Bucharest and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in Romania.

Built between 1873 and 1884 (the construction took so long because of the War of Independence in 1877), the cathedral combines elements typical of the Roman style with discreet Gothic touches. The inner highlights of the cathedral refer to the main white Carrara marble altar (built in Rome by following the designs of the same Friedrich Schmidt), to an impressive organ (the present organ was built in 1930 in order to replace the original 1892 Parisian organ) said to be one of the best in the country, to the Parisian chandelier, to the decorative pictorial works by Georg Roder and Fr. Elsner, as well as to the decorative plasterwork on the walls, columns and pillars.

The church has been repeatedly affected by earthquakes over the years, plus bombings by both the Germans and the Allies during World War Two. As a result, some of its stained glass windows and much of the artwork inside was lost but much still remains and it is a beautiful place to visit and attend Mass.


Finding Saint Joseph Cathedral in Bucharest:

Address: 19, Strada General Henri Mathias Berthelot, Bucharest, Romania

Tel: +40 21 201 5400

There is no official website for the Cathedral, but Click here for the official website of the Diocese.

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