|Visiting Hours||Daily: 6.30–20.00|
Sunday and Holidays: 7.30–20.00
|Location||Alba Iulia, Romania, Europe|
Alba Carolina Citadel
The coronation cathedral in Alba Iulia is located in the city of Alba Carolina. Alba Carolina Fortress is of great beauty, being newly renovated.
Inside the Alba Carolina fortress, you will find green gardens full of flowers, restaurants and terraces, museums, archeological parks and the two cathedrals that dominate the western part of the fortress, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and the Coronation Cathedral.
The fortress is impressive and worth spending 3 days to visit it relaxed and reach all the interesting sights inside.
The Coronation Cathedral
The Coronation Cathedral was built and named after the coronation of King Ferdinand I and Queen Mary on October 15, 1922.
The plan of the Cathedral is inspired by that of the Royal Church from Târgovişte and has the shape of an inscribed Greek cross.
The best way to visit the Coronation Cathedral
To admire the grandeur and beauty of this cathedral, it is best to enter the Citadel by stepping on the Union Bridge.
After crossing the bridge, which is also of special a beauty and I recommend you to stop along it and admire everything around you, you are in front of the gate of the Coronation Cathedral.
Above the gate, the bell tower is 58 meters high. To the right and left of the gate are the busts of the royal couple who were crowned here, King Ferdinand and Queen Mary.
After passing through the iron gate, the beautiful and imposing church surrounded by gardens will be revealed to you.
The rectangular ensemble surrounding the Cathedral consists of pavilions and galleries.
Inside the porch are the icons of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the icons of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and of the biblical kings David and Solomon but also four marble plaques with commemorative inscriptions of important events: the printing of the New Testament in Romanian for the first time. from 1600 carried out by Mihai Viteazul, the martyrdom of Horea, Cloşca and Crişan, from 1785 and the restoration of the spiritual and ecclesiastical unity of the Romanians in 1948.
The iconostasis is made of oak. The patron saint of the Cathedral is the “Holy Trinity” and “St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel ”.