The History of the church

istoric1The Millenium Church, situated in the Fabric district, is the largest Roman-Catholic church in Timisoara. It was built to commemorate 1,000 years since the formation of the Hungarian State, hence its name Millenium. In 1886, the senior abbot Vudy Antal initiated the formation of a committee in charge with the construction of the church, committee which also had the full support of the major representatives of the free city of Timisoara. The committee had a double leadership: a religious leader, the senior abbot Vudy Antal, and a lay president, Dr. Telbisz Károly, the mayor of Timisoara.

The foundation stone was laid on 4 October 1896 by the archbishop of Cenad, Dessewffy Sándor.

The church was designed by the architect Ybl Lajos and the construction work was carried out by Kremer Jozsef.

The neo-romanesque construction was begun in 1896 and was finished in 1901, the church being consecrated on 13 October 1901.

The outside of the church is covered in raw brick and its walls are 1 – 1.64 meters thick. The nave, the sanctuary and the dome are built of Portland cement. The church has two 65.7-meter-high towers and its central dome is 45 meters high. The inner surface of the church is 1170.15 m2, containing 48 rows of pews and being able to hold up to 3,000 people.

Its organ was built by Carl Leopold Wegenstein and was donated to the church by the archbishop Dessewffy Sándor.

Three large statues are placed above the main entrance: Christ the Saviour on the cross, flanked by the apostles Peter and Paul.

The floor is covered in coloured flag stones laid in cement.

The chapel of St. Anthony of Padua is situated in the right-hand tower.

The main dimensions of the church are as follows:

Outer length: 71.12 m.

Frontal width: 27.5 m.

The width of the two towers: 7.5 m.

The height of the towers up to the main window sills: 43.53 m.

The height of the tower octagonal masks: 18.77 m.

The height of the tower crosses: 4 m.

The diameter of the cross spheres: 1 m.

Total height of the towers (from the ground to the top of the cross): 65.7 m.

The width of the clock plates: 1.76 m.


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