VOVIDENIA CHURCH

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      The Vovidenia Church was founded in 1790 by a great personality, Ion Carja, and sanctified by the archpriest G. Avram. As well as other churches from Galati this one was also burnt by the Turkish people. The church was restored and re-sanctified in 1863 until which it served as the cathedral of the city. The writers Alexandru Ioan Cuza and Costache Negri swored an oath at this church after the elections in the capital of Moldova as deputies of the citizens becoming “listeners of requests”. Also, A.I.Cuza’s mother was buried in the church’s courtyard in 1865 until 1973 when her remains were taken to Ruginoasa and placed in her  family’s tomb.

            Vovidenia Church has a tri-conch plan with architectural and decorative elements belonging to the Moldavian religious architecture. The ante-temple is covered with a swing vault and the nave is covered by the tower Pantocrator which slowly decreases through double areas above the altar there is another tower rising. The exterior the church is marked with a median waist made out of 2 rounds of bricks placed on the corner.

          The cornice is decorated with niches. Furthermore the foundation is made out of river stones and concrete, the masonry out of bricks, the framework out of wood and iron wrapping. The bell’s tower above the veranda was added in 1901.

            The Vovidenia Church was founded in 1790 by a great personality, Ion Carja, and sanctified by the archpriest G. Avram. As well as other churches from Galati this one was also burnt by the Turkish people. The church was restored and re-sanctified in 1863 until which it served as the cathedral of the city. The writers Alexandru Ioan Cuza and Costache Negri swored an oath at this church after the elections in the capital of Moldova as deputies of the citizens becoming “listeners of requests”. Also, A.I.Cuza’s mother was buried in the church’s courtyard in 1865 until 1973 when her remains were taken to Ruginoasa and placed in her family’s tomb.

            Vovidenia Church has a tri-conch plan with architectural and decorative elements belonging to the Moldavian religious architecture. The ante-temple is covered with a swing vault and the nave is covered by the tower Pantocrator which slowly decreases through double areas above the altar there is another tower rising. The exterior the church is marked with a median waist made out of 2 rounds of bricks placed on the corner.

            During the bombardments in 1944 the northern wall was ruined, the church being rebuilt 8 years later in 1952. Between 1957 and 1964 the interior was painted in aquarelles in a neoclassic style and in 1967 the interior walls of the veranda were ultimately painted.

           During the 1990’s earthquake the nave towers have collapsed and the bell’s tower was greatly damaged. As a result the restoration process began with the consolidation of the church which included plans and concrete belts, all being finished in 1994.

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