TABOR - Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Romanian Orthodox Church
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National symbolism and the appropriation of public space. Orthodoxy and National Day celebrations in the interwar Cluj from the perspective of a foreign diplomat
The study is based on a communication made by the Consul of Italy in Cluj, Alberto Perego, on Ro- mania’s National Day celebrations on May 10, 1934. The observations of the Italian diplomat refers to the political and ethnic climate in the city, with a clear separation between the Romanians and Hungarians, as well as the symbolic areas that characterize each community, the Hungarian central square and the Romanian square of the city that includes the new Orthodox cathedral of Cluj. The text highlights the efforts of the Romanian authorities to emphasize, in the context of Romania’s National Day celebrations, the elements of national cohesion: the Monarchy, the Romanian Ortho- dox Church and the Army.