Tirana

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Orthodox Cathedral

Opened in 2012 and now the main centre for the Albanian Orthodox Church, the mighty Christ’s Resurrection Cathedral has a floor plan of some 1,660 square metres and is dwarfed by its 46-metre bell tower. The church conforms to no traditional ecclesiastical building style, and is quite simply ostentatious and vulgar in equal amounts. To see it at its best, make a visit after dark when the entire structure lights up like a Las Vegas casino.

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13.01.2011
Danny
USA , New York, USA
I'm not Protestant. I'm Orthodox which is why I see this modern style cathedral as a missed opportunity. The only part of the new cathedral worth anything is the great dome from the interior. The modern arches are incongruent with the traditional style Byzantine dome. Its a hodge-podge. I hope that mosaic decoration will be used along with carved marble to add as much quality to the interior finishes as is possible.
04.07.2010
Elvi
Albania, Tirana, Albania
Danny should comment on his own dull Protestant churches and then try to understand something of the Orthodox Albanian Church with a tradition all of it's own!
25.06.2010
Danny
USA, New York, USA
The modern style is a tragedy in the making. This important cathedral should have been built in the traditional Orthodox style with the high quality appointments worthy of a cathedral church. Instead, its built out of concrete, glass and all the standard appointments one would find in an ordinary skyscraper. Once again, the Orthodox hierarchy missed an opportunity for a great edifice for the ages.
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