The National Cathedral will be sanctified on November 30, 2018, on St. Andrew’s Day, this building being “actually a liturgical necessity, but also a symbol of Romanian spirituality,” Patriarch Daniel said Sunday evening, at the official service before the New Year.
“On November 30, 2018, on St. Apostle Andrew Day, the Protector of Romania, the National Cathedral will be sanctified, this new building being a liturgical necessity, but also a symbol of Romanian spirituality,” the Patriarch said.
The Bucharest General Council allotted another EUR 1 million for the Cathedral of National Redemption in the Council’s sitting on September 12. Last year, EUR 3.7 million from the Bucharest budget went to the controversial project whose inauguration on the occasion of the Great Union centenary in 2018.
Over EUR 40 million has been spent on the cathedral so far, with the Government, central and local institutions contributing to its budget over the years. According to the Orthodox Patriarchy’s evaluation, the cost of the final construction, without plaster but with windows and doors is about EUR 80 million.
The entire painting of the cathedral is expected during 2019-2024.