"SVETI SLAVA CHURCH" cathedral Saint Sava Tip by mtncorg
cathedral Saint Sava, Belgrade: 37 reviews and 92 photos
Rome has St Peters, Istanbul the Hagia Sophia and soon Beograd will have a completed St Slava. Echoes of the Sophia can be found within the huge dome of St Slava. The church is still unfinished with preparations for construction dating back to 1894 – the 400th anniversary of the desecration of St Slava’s remains by Turks on this site. Wars and communism kept getting in the way until 1985 when with Tito dead, work began to roll forward, the dome being erected in 1989. 2004 was to be the completion date but the interior remains unfinished. When done, there will be room for over 10,000 worshippers and a choir of 800. Christ Pantocrator will be mosaiced in the domes inside ceiling with eyes that stretch for four meters. It will be the third largest Orthodox Church in the World. Outside on the north side is the much smaller old chapel of St Slava, relocated here in 1935. On the southwest side of the grounds is the National Library built in 1970 replacing an earlier building which had been burnt in German bombing raids of 6 April 1941. To the west side of the parks in front of St Slava is a monument to Karaðeorðe erected in honor of the 175th anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising. The plan is the the Patriarchate will also move out here when the temple is finally completed.
Address: Krusedolska 2a, 11000 Beograd
Directions: On the Vracar plateau, 400meters from Slavija square, walk up St Sava street
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