Church of St. Constantine and Helena (Caracas)

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Church St. Constantine and St. Helena
Iglesia de San Constantino y Santa Elena
Iglesia de San Constantino y Santa Elena
Location El Hatillo, Greater Caracas
Country  Venezuela
Denomination Romanian Orthodox Church,
Eastern Orthodoxy
Founded 1999 (1999)
Founder(s) Teoctist Arăpașu
Status Church
Functional status Active
Style Gothic/Carpathian vernacular
Height 38 m (125 ft) Bell tower
Materials Wood

Church of St. Constantine and St. Helena, located in El Hatillo at the south-east of Caracas. It was donated by the Orthodox Church of Venezuela and the Government of Romania to the Orthodox community living in the capital of Venezuela. The land for its construction was donated by the Mayor. There are only 15 religious temples of its kind in the world and only two of them are outside Romania.[1][2] It was built by craftsmen from Maramures district in Transylvania, it was assembled without nails or metal objects in the structure and it is adorned with religious neo-Byzantine paintings. The bell tower rises more than 30 meters. All the pieces of wood for ceilings and walls, were brought from Romania, according sacred traditions to avoid similarities with the hardware and martyrdoms of the crucifixion.[3]

It was inaugurated in 1999 and took part in the act Teoctist Arăpașu, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church at that time. It was decorated by Titiana Nitu Popa and Mihaela Profiriu. The structure is intended to be a replica of the wooden church of Șurdești, the highest in Romania. The dome is a pictorial representation of Our Lady of Coromoto, patron saint of Venezuela.


See also


  1. Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural (2005). "Lo Construido (PDF)". Catalogo del Patrimonio Cultural Venezolano 2004–2005. Municipio El Hatillo. Caracas: Ministerio de la Cultura. ISBN 978-980-6448-21-6. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 15, 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Spanish)
  2. Rusé Martín Galano (March 2006). "El Hatillo y Ávila Mágica". Variedades. pp. 58–61.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Spanish)
  3. Un trozo de los Carpatos en El Hatillo