File 243 – Constanta District, Romania – Saint Andrew Cave – The Place Where Romanian Christianity Was Born
This cave from Constanta District, is considered the place where Christianity was born, on Romanian territory. In the year 60 AD, biblical Apostle Andrew, arrived in the port city Tomis on the Black Sea coast, in ancient Dacia. Scared by Roman presence, which not tolerated Christianity, he took refuge (in year 63 AD) in the cave presented below, where he began preaching a proto Christian religion. Saint Andrew’s Cave becomes the first Christian place of worship, in ancient Dacia. In the year 325 AD at the Council of Nicaea (where are founded the first dogmas of the Christian religion), proto Christian communities of the ancient Dacia were mentioned and recognized and the Dacians were one of the first peoples of antiquity, who adopted Christianity. Apostle Andrew (brother of the most famous Apostle Peter) preached in ancient Dacia for 20 years, before being martyred (in year 81 AD or 96 AD, In Patras, Greece) and has done a very good job, because the religion that he brought in ancient Dacia (in present, territory of Romania), remained unchanged until now.
In 30 November is celebration day of Saint Andrew, which is considered the Protector of Romania. Maybe is not just a coincidence, that on 1 December 1918, only one day after the feast of St. Andrew, was made unification of all Romanian provinces, into a national and unitary state. Therefore, Romanians has two important celebration in consecutive days (30 November is Saint Andrew, Protector Of Romania, celebration and 1 December is National Day of Romania) and I’m glad for that because these two national celebration, together with the weekend, bring us a little vacation!!! 😀