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"Chess and a church" Top 5 Page for this destination Sarajevo Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Sarajevo Things to Do: 501 reviews and 1,067 photos

Situated about halfway along Ferhadija and reaching through to Zelenhi Beretki Street, Liberation Square (Trg Oblodenja) may have the ring of old-style Communism about its name but it bears no resemblance to the usual grandiose posturings of nationalistic militarism you usually find in places like this. Rather, it's a lovely space, with gardens and trees, a modern sculpture dedicated to Peace and a giant chess board laid out where you will always find critical watchers on hand as the players make their moves. The onion domes and golden walls of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral add a final touch - again, it's all eminently photographable.

The Cathedral was built during the last years of Ottoman rule and was partly funded by the both the Sultan and the Russian Tsar. Known as the Saborna Crkva, and dedicated to The Nativity of the Theotokos ( Theotokos is the Orthodox term for the Holy Mother of God - ie the Virgin Mary), it was consecrated in 1872 on the completion of the bell tower. Inside , it is richly decorated in a typically Orthodox manner with much gold, and many icons.

The city's Tourist Information Office is about half a block along from the Cathedral on Zelenih Beretski.

Directions: The Cathedral is open every day from 0800.

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  • Updated Nov 17, 2008
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