ST. SAVA CATHEDRAL CHURCH

Saint Sava cathedral church is the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans. It was built in the Serbo-Byzantine style and including the cross on top of the dome, it is 82 meters high. The church is still under construction, although major works ended in 2004. The construction of the church lasted more than planed because of wars, poverty and partly because of communist rule. Church is so big that can seat more than 10,000 people at the same time. Saint Sava Church is known for its polyphonic bells so make sure to get to the Church at a full hour to hear them.

It is built on the place where Turks burned remains of Saint Sava. Saint Sava, born as Rastko Nemanjić, was son of Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja and a founder of Hilandar Monastery on Athos Mountain. In 1219, he founded Serbian Orthodox Church by winning independence from Byzantium. He is considered Serbian educator, saint and patron of schools and education establishments. Although church is still under construction, you can visit it during the day and evening.

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