Free Serbian Orthodox Church St George

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32 National Circuit, Canberra, Australia

Free Serbian Orthodox Church St George Canberra Reviews

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Incredible Murals Apr 12, 2015
Milan, my guide told me that "If you don't believe in God, then you would if you had seen Mr Matzek painting these."

Mr Karl Matzek’s 'canvas' is the entire 22-foot high ceiling and the interior walls of the Free Serbian Orthodox Church. Mr Matzek sat atop an 18-foot ladder and with one leg hooked over the padded top rung, he applied glowing colour to the assembly of saints and others who crowd the walls and ceiling, each work an original designed by Mr Matzek himself.

Born in Austria on 6 July 1890 of Czech and Austrian descent, Mr Matzek moved to Australia in 1958 after an already long career. He studied at the Berlin Academy of Art in “the days of the Kaiser” and was awarded various medals for his works, including a gold medal from the Russian Tsar for his “Battle of Barodin”.

The church is stunning, and upon first entering I could only stand and stare for a few moments taking it all in. I was not sure how I felt about the oversized chandeliers that seemed to take away from the beauty of the frescos. Later I leant that they have recently replaced the original ones, which after seeing a photo of the originals, I would certainly like to see those back. Never the less, I still enjoyed the church. Milan, my guide was incredibly enthusiastic about his church, “Elke, look here” and “Elke, look here”. He explained the frescos to me and pointed out the over 600 moving horses drawn in one of the battle scenes.

Entry is by donation and I bought the little book with photos and a little information about the church and the painter for $5.00 which goes towards helping the church.

The church is a replica of a very old church in a remote village in Serbia and is still used for regular church services.

I highly recommend seeing it if you are ever in Canberra.
The exterior of the lovely little …
Standing at the entrance doors
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