Christ’s Resurrection Cathedral

  Rr. Ibrahim Rugova     more than a year ago
Opened in 2012 and now the main centre for the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, the mighty Christ’s Resurrection Cathedral has a floor plan of some 1,660 square metres and features an unattached, 46-metre bell tower equipped with 16 bells and topped with four symbolic candles, the small Nativity Chapel and even a museum in the basement. The building conforms to no traditional ecclesiastical 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. Note that, unlike in for example the Orthodox churches of Russia, where the congregation stands, this building is full of seating.


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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.

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!

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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