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Romanian Orthodox Church in Iosefin

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The romanian orthodox Church in Iosefin, was called also "The Old Cathedral" (it's a obsolete name), is situated in the Alexandru Mocioni Square.
It was built in 
1931, completed in 1936, architect was Prof. Victor Vlad, and builder Constantin Purcariu.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the Banat Romanian Orthodox churches were built in the baroque, classicist and eclectic historicist styles. They are by far among the most beautiful and acclaimed buildings in Banat, in terms of architectural appearance.

Unfortunately, after 1919, from an otherwise legitimate desire to create a specific architecture, the architects have used the Byzantine architecture from Constantinople and Asia Minor, an architecture which has, in fact, nothing in common with the traditional Romanian architecture.

The appearance of the development in present-day Mocioni Square is inspired by the architecture of St. Sofia in Constantinople, firstly a church, then a mosque, and now a museum, as well as by other structures in Asia Minor.

The composition, developed horizontally, is dominated by the vertical volume, svelte, of the tower located in the north-east of the development. Some researchers say that the whole value lies precisely in the fact that it reminds us that Timişoara has been for 164 years under Muslim rule.



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