Artists have begun to apply mosaic icons on the iconostasis of the National Cathedral in Bucharest, patriarchal adviser Vasile Cracaoanu announced Thursday.
Eng. Vasile Cracaoanu, who is one of the persons involved in coordinating the works at the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral, said that the preparation for the application of the mosaic icons began as early as May and it involved plastering the wall of the iconostasis.
Following the plastering of the iconostasis, iconographers are responsible for the installation of the mosaic tiles.
The mosaic will cover almost 408 m2 and will be completed by the end of October 2018. The mosaic-covered iconostasis will be blessed at the National Cathedral’s consecration ceremony that will be led by His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on November 25.
‘There will be a total of 45 icons on four rubrics,’ Vasile Cracaoanu noted.
The National Cathedral, to be dedicated to the Ascension of Christ and St. Andrew, is popularly known as the People’s Salvation Cathedral. It will be the patriarchal cathedral for the Romanian Orthodox Church and the tallest Orthodox Church in the world (433 ft. high). The new church is designed to hold 6,000 worshipers—more than ten times the current cathedral.
The consecration of the foundation stone of the National Cathedral was celebrated on September 13, 2007 by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel.
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