Temple of St Sava
Vračar, Belgrade, Serbia
Temple of St Sava Belgrade Reviews
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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