Transfiguration Cathedral, Bender

#6 of 7 in Historic Sites in Transnistria
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The Sacred Heart Cathedral is the name given to a Russian Orthodox church in the Diocese of Tiraspol and Dubossary, Bender, a town controlled by Transnistria, de facto independent territory of Moldova.
Its history dates back to 1814 when working on the expansion of local strength. It was built between 1815 and 1820 to constitute a symbol of liberation from Ottoman Turkish rule place.
It was consecrated on December 5, 1819. From 1918 to 1944 the parish church belonged to the Romanian Orthodox Church.
Since 1948 the cathedral was placed under state protection as a monument of architecture of the early nineteenth century.
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  • Right in the middle of the city, there isn't much open space around this church. Typical colourful interior, this time the main colour is a dark sea green.  more »
  • One-domed cathedral with an attached hipped bell tower. The oil painting of the end of the last century has been preserved in the interior.  more »
  • The history of the Transfiguration Cathedral has been counting down since 1814, when the engineering authorities of the Bender fortress began work on moving the city away from the fortress for 250 saplings (600 m) to the south with the aim of creating a serf esplanade. The Assumption and Nikolskaya churches, because of their dilapidation, collapsed during the transfer, which led to the decision to build a new temple on the site of the ruins of the Turkish barracks in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord. On August 22, 1815, during a military parade in the presence of citizens, the Transfiguration Cathedral was laid as a symbol of the liberation of Bessarabia from the Turkish yoke. The project of the temple was prepared by a member of The Kishinev spiritual dicasteria archimandrite Ioanikenius, and assumed in the cathedral three annexes: Nikolsky (left) and Ouspensky (right), named in memory of the collapsed churches, as well as Preobrazhensky (central). Nikolsky's annex was consecrated on Dec 5...
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  • It's an identity. There is a sense of presence. A certain aura of spirituality. Very beautiful frescoes. Orthodoxy in all its manifestation. I recommend a visit.
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