Temple of St Sava
Vračar, Belgrade, Serbia
Temple of St Sava Belgrade Reviews
Spirit Of Vracar Feb 11, 2017
Vracar suburb is interesting place. Name "vracar" come from word "vrac" which mean medicine man. First written documents of this name date back to 1492. That was in Turkish plan of conquest of Belgrade.
St. Sava Temple or the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade, is an Orthodox church, the largest in the Balkans, and one of the 10 largest church buildings in the world. It is well known landmarks of Belgrade and it can be seen for far corners within City.
On 23th April 1938 Orthodox believer of Belgrade was laid the foundation of the Temple on the location where it is believed his remains were burned in 1595 by the Ottoman Empire's Sinan Pasha. There is still work in progress! But there are held here Holly services. That moment define Vracar till today.
This is place of christian spirituality and it is symbol of Serbia and Serbian Orthodox church.
This is also and cultural hub. You can find here lots of places of interests such as: National library, Nikola Tesla Museum, lots of theaters, education institutions etc.
Directions: Vračar suburb
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Great structure, still not finished! Jun 05, 2013
Sveti Sava or the Temple of St Sava, is located just outside the city centre of Belgrade, in the Karađorđe Park. In Serbian it is called Hram (temple) St Sava. It is a Serbian Orthodox church, the largest in the world. The church is built where the Turks, in 1595, apparently burned the remains of St Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The façade is in white marble and granite and it has the form of a Greek Cross. The church has a large central dome, which is 70 meter (230 ft) high, while the main gold plated cross is another 12 m (39 ft) high. It is 91 m (299 ft) long from east to west, and 81 m (266 ft) from north to south and the bell towers have 49 bells. When finished, the inner decorations will be of mosaics.
The basement contains a crypt, the treasury of Saint Sava . I did not see any signs or information about it, so I doubt that it is open to the public. There was an exhibition inside containing several religious mosaic pictures. Since there was no information in English, I don´t know what it was about. Maybe these pictures will be part of the decoration inside the church!
Construction of the church began on May 10, 1935, 340 years after the burning of Saint Sava's remains. The church has been a work in progress ever since, with wars continually interrupting construction. During WWII the German army used the unfinished church as a parking lot. Later it was used for storage.
The central dome (4,000 ton) was built on the ground and lifted onto the walls. A work, which, was finished in June 1989. The bells, windows and façade are completed, but the internal decoration of the building still remains largely unfinished. The building of the church structure is being financed exclusively by donations
Despite that the church is not finished, it is open to the public. I would definitely recommend a visit to the Temple of St Sava. While you´re there, don´t miss the much smaller church next to it, the Saint Sava Church, also an Orthodox church, which is beautifully decorated inside.
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