St Sava’s is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Balkans and considered (by Serbians) to be one of the most important Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Located on hill this grand temple/church has pride and place looking over the city.
It sits on the spot where the Ottomans burned the relics of St Sava in 1594. The saint himself was the first archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox church and lived from 1175 to 1236. The plans were actually drawn up in the 19th century but construction didn’t kick off until 1935. It was then interrupted by WWII. We knew all this before we went in, but were still shocked at how much there is left to do.
The exterior is quite beautiful with its gleaming white tiles, (structure completed (1989)) during our visit the interior was quite chaotic, with noise and sand blasting,(dust) , an OH&S, nightmare, as it is still undergoing construction, (site was consecrated in 2004). However, worth a quick look to see the massive dome, with its stunning mosaics.
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