Photographer's Note

The Cathedral of Christ's Nativity is the main cathedral of the Moldavian Orthodox Church in Chisinau, Moldova. It was commissioned by the governor of New Russia, Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Metropolitan Gavri Banulescu-Bodoni in 1830.

The cathedral was built in the 1830s to a Neoclassical design by Abram Milnikov who had designed a similar church in Bolhrad. The cathedral was bombed during World War II, and its bell tower was destroyed by the local Communists in 1962.
The new bell tower was consecrated in 1997. During the Soviet-era worship was prohibited and the cathedral was transformed into an exhibition center.

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