“Saint Archangels Michael and Gabriel” Cathedral

The “Saint Archangels Michael and Gabriel” Cathedral was built in 1850 on the initiative of Bessarabia’s military governor, Pavel Fyodorov. It was built on the site of a brick church, by the villagers of Frumoasa village. ...

City: Cahul city

Country: Moldova

From its construction until the present, the building constitutes the compositional center of Cahul city. In the Soviet era, the Cathedral almost ended up being closed, and was left off to slow degradation. From 1962 to 1989 the church has not operated. Despite these harsh times, the building of the cathedral was saved thanks to the civic position taken by the Administration of Museum of Cahul Land, pleading with multiple requests to upper bodies for the protection of this building as an architectural monument of the 19th century. From 1970 to 1977 (the year of a strong earthquake in March which brought great harm to the cathedral), in the church building, a branch of the museum – “Art Gallery” operated.

In 1989, when the cathedral has retaken its activity of public worship, the church was repaired. Three large icons saved by the museum director, were returned to the church.

Key Features:

-          The cathedral is an architectural monument of Cahul city;

-          It appeared following the intention of the governor of Bessarabia, P. Fyodorov;

-          The current style of the church is Neo-Byzantine.

Connections with nearby tourist attractions:

-          Museum of Cahul Land, Cahul city;

-          Musical-Dramatic Republican Theater “B.P. Hasdeu”, Cahul city;

-          Central Park “Grigore Vieru”, Cahul city.

-          Target groups: parishioners of Cahul city, tourists.

Events organized in the Region:

-          International Festival “Mărţişor”

-          International Festival “Nufărul Alb” (White water lily)

-          Child International Day

-          Folk Dance International Festival “Bobocelul”

-          Family Festival

-          Traditional Costume National Day

-          Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova

-          National Interethnic Festival “Ethnic Groups Festival”

-          Traditions and customs Festival “Florile Dalbe”

-          Republican Tournament of Graeco-Roman Wrestling

-          International Tournament of ping-pong and cycling competitions

-          Football Championship of Cahul district

-          Football Republican Tournament “Guguţă” (boys)

-          Football Republican Tournament “Speranţa” (girls)

-          Football Cup of the president of Cahul district

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