Location in relation to the surroundings
Piața Mocioni is a square located in the Odobescu area, in Timișoara. It bears the name of political figure Alexandru Mocioni (1841–1909). The square is dominated by the Romanian Orthodox Church "Biserica Nașterea Maicii Domnului“, which was built in 1936.
Text of the inscription
'Şi ne iartă nouă greşalele noastre Precum şi noi iertăm greşiţilor noştri Şi nu ne duce pre noi în ispită Ci ne izbăveşte de cel rău'
('And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil').
The piece is made of bronze and it lies outside of the Orthodox Church “Nașterea Maicii Domnului”, it has a triangular shape, to symbolize the Holy Trinity and the Temple. The artist symbolically evokes the Crucifixion of Jesus at Golgotha (the three crosses), whereas the 33 hemispheres symbolize the age of Jesus, hinting to birth, life and death.
The circumstances of unveiling
The piece, created by sculptor Marian Zidaru, was unveiled in 1995 and it is part of a 14-monument itinerary belonging to the Revolution Memorial in Timişoara, dedicated to the human sacrifice from December 1989.
The location of the monument is in an area where arrests were made, guns were fired and people died during the Anticommunist Revolution of December 1989. The bronze piece has human eyes encrusted on its surface, as well as a small water stream which flows continuously, giving the impression of weeping eyes, hence the name of Weeping Church. The prayer inscribed on it makes one think of the strenuous Christian forgiveness.
This monument (like the others) was build thanks to the efforts of the “Memorialul Revoluției” Association to not allow the city to forget its heroes. It serves as a location for wreath ceremonies.
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