Romania’s Mother of all Bells ‘will not be used recklessly’
Next year, the People’s Redemption Cathedral – the largest church ever to be built in Romania – is due to be completed at a cost of over 80-million euros (£68-m) and will not only feature one of the biggest bells in Europe but six underground shelters in the event of someone dropping an atom bomb on it.
According to this report, the Romanian Patriarchy’s spokesman Vasile Banescuat said that the 25-ton bell, which cost 425,000 euros (£360.000):
Won’t bother anyone as it will not be rung recklessly. The cathedral’s biggest bell is one of the biggest in Europe, if not the biggest, and its size is justified by the cathedral’s dimension. It’s a powerful bell, but nobody will ever be bothered by it. Its ringing will be electronically adjusted.
The bell, one of six due to be installed in cathedral at a total cost of 550,000 euro (£425,000), has the portrait of Patriarch Daniel, the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and the Patriarchal Cross and Star engraved on it.
It was manufactured in Innsbruck, Austria, at the Grassmayr plant, where a delegation of the Patriarchy went to bless it while it was being cast. It will reach the country in mid-May, according to Trinitas TV, the news channel of the Romanian Patriarchy.
Representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church say that the imprint of Patriarch Daniel’s portrait is a tradition, motivated by the importance of his gesture as the cathedral’s spiritual maker.
The Patriarchy’s spokesperson said:
It is not a gesture of pride, as some people are trying to suggest. It is a hidden mark where no gaze can ever reach.
The cathedral is located near the Parliament’s Palace and is due to be consecrated on November 30, 2018, one day before Romania celebrates 100 years since the Great Union. November 30 is the day of Saint Andrew, Romania’s patron-saint.
The cathedral is currently 70 percent done and should be completed in 2024. When finalised, it will be 120-meters tall. It has been projected to last for 500 years and to withstand earthquakes as powerful as 8.5 degrees on the Richter scale. The six atomic bunkers at its underground level are each capable of taking in some 300 people.
It is 120 meters long and 67 meters wide and it will be able to accommodate some 5,000 people. So far 65-million euros (£55-m) has been spent on it. The money came from the Romanian Orthodox Church’s own coffers and from donations. Some 25 million euros (£21-m) is still needed to complete the construction,