Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Patriarch Daniel meet with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis

Bucharest, November 24, 2018 / – His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Daniel have met with His Excellency the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis at Cotroceni Palace.

This is the first time President Iohannis receives the visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch.

The Cotroceni Palace

The Cotroceni Palace, the Presidential Administration’s head office, lies in an area with a history back to over three hundred years. Between 1679-1681, in the present location, western Bucharest, on the right side of the Dambovita River, on the Cotroceni Hill, Prince Şerban Cantacuzino founded a monastery, after having cleared out a heavily wooded area of the Wallachian Forests (Codrii Vlasiei)

The Church Dormition of the Theotokos („Assumption of the Holy Virgin” in western Christianity) and the magnificent princely palace, built in the Baroque style, specific to the western Europe of those days, were noteworthy within Şerban Cantacuzino’s foundation.

In terms of architecture, some key moments are to be mentioned about the ensemble of Cotroceni: the first is related to the name of the founder, Şerban Cantacuzino (1678-1688).

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Photography courtesy of Mircea Florescu /


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