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Walking in downtown of Bucharest can be very nice, especially if you can do this in the evening, when everything is more quiet. So, at this time is more proper also to admire beautiful architecture of old buildings. Among them, you can discover, generally well hidden behind communist buildings, beautiful old churches that were actually intended by their founders to brighten up my town. And often when I pass by there I try to imagine how the center would look without those buildings.

I think that Cathedral Saint Spyridon, the New, is the only one among churches in the center, that has general view from the boulevard, so I will post some photos with it for you to admire its majestic architecture.

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Church of Saint Spyridon, the New

Imposant edifice from the XIX century, where the neoclassic elements are combined with neo-gothic reminiscence elements, was founded by the Ghica waivodal family.

It is known as the highest orthodox church in Bucharest, and is located in the vicinity of Unirii Square. On the place where it is now built, there was another church that was built between 1766-1768, founded by waivode Scarlat Ghica and finished by the care of his son, waivode Alexandru Ghica (that founded the belfry too).

The dimensions of the previous church are not known at this time, but it was the church of a waivodal monastery, one of the greatest monasteries in the country.

Because of the damages suffered during the 1802 and 1838 earthquakes as well as during the the 1822 fire, the initial church was destroyed and was not rebuilt.
In the year 1852, the ward decided to rebuild the temple, and the waivode Barbu Stirbei approved.
The present church was built between 1852-1858, and was blessed again in 1860 by Mitropolit Nifon.

There served also arhimandrit Xavier Villacrosse and arhimandrit L.L. Lipitzer, and was painted by the famous Romanian church painter Gh. Tattarescu in rennaisance style.

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