This is one of the largest and best preserved Orthodox churches in central Bucharest. The church (built between 1911-15) is an exact replica of a cathedral in the Armenian city of Ecmiazin, and serves the city’s once large but now small Armenian population. Next to the church is an interesting library with a large number of documents relating to the Armenian population (phone ahead for access).
The cornerstone was laid in July 1911, and building proceeded according to the plans of architects Dimitrie Maimarolu and Grigore Cerchez, who was of Armenian origin. Work was completed in September 1915. In the yard, the surrounding complex includes a bishop’s residence, a library and diocesan museum, a cultural center, a kindergarten and the headquarters of the Union of Armenians of Romania .
The church is listed as a historic monument by Romania’s Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs, as are the library and the statue of the Armenian National hero – Andranik.
HOW TO GET THERE
Address: Armenească street
Metro: 15 minutes walk from University Square metro stop via Boulevard Carol I
Bus: Armeneasca stop
66, 69, 70, 85, 90, 311, 655
Night lines: N 102, N 108
Tram: Armeneasca stop