Roman Catholic Ascension Cathedral Satu Mare / Romania description:
Building and history
The parish church of Satmar was promoted to cathedral by bishop Fischer
IstvŠn at the beginning of the 19th century. This also led to a drastic enlargement
of the building, for which parts of the old church had to be destroyed. The new
nave is 37,2 m long, 12,1 m wide and 11,8 m high. The
choir is 16,8 m long, 9.20 m wide, and ends on a half round
apse. The dome is 14.5 m high.
The new front face f the cathedral is 15,8 m high. On both sides
it's having a 40 m high tower with iron
balconies and a dome shaped spire. Under the church there
is a crypt.
The final shape of the cathedral come under bishop Ham JŠnos (bishop in 1827-
1857). The portico dates with it's large pillars from
this period. The front carries statues of the Savior in the middle,
right St. Peter and left St. Paul. On the loer part of the towers one finds statues
representing Saint-Stephan and Saint Ladislaus, who were Hungarian kings.
Interior of the Cathedral
The high altar is made in Carara
marble by Felix Toman. The altar piece shows Jesus
Christ's Ascension, an oil painting by Gabriel Pesky in 1837. The altar contains
relics of the martyrs St. Justin and St. Modest.
In the nave one finds 2 side altars, right Saint
Stephan's Altar, left Saint-John's altar. Both are made in gray imitation marble. The
have the relics of Saints Benedictus, Vetutus, Justin, Celestin and Crescentia.
Between the 2 last columns of the nave, there are also altars: one for Saint
John of Nepomuk, and one for Saint Alois. Saint-John's altar contains relics of the
Saints Coloman, Crescentia and Concordia, St. Alois' altar contains relics of Saints
Vetustus and Justin.
On the south side of the cathedral - under the tower - an altar was built to honor
the Holy Virgin of Lourdes, ordered by bishop Dr. Laurence Schlauch. On the north
side, under the coir, there is St. Anthony's chapel from 1960.
In the cathedral one finds the sobre mausoleum for bishop Ham JŠnos.
Note also the pulpit, the organ
and the baptismal font.
Source and other info, see: http://www.satu-mare.ro/subpagina/catedrala-romano-