Saint Sava Temple
The magnificent Saint Sava Temple, or Cathedral, is the largest Orthodox Church in the Balkans, and indeed one of the world’s largest. The cathedral was built in the Serbo-Byzantine style, as a homage to Saint Sava, as its name suggests, and it is thought that this spot is where the relics of the saint were burned in 1595. Construction of this religious, architectural gem started in 1935.
An impressive exterior
The exterior of the church is impressive. It can be found dominating Svetosavski Trg Square on Vračarski Plato. The main approach is decorated with fountains and green lawns. A stark contrast against the white building. This dominating city landmark stands at 82 metres, with four 44 metre-high steeples and the dome that reaches 70 metres at its highest point. The external facade is made of polished marble and granite, and is spectacular at any time, but in the evening it is illuminated and can be seen from across the city.
Admire the details
Internally, your eyes will be drawn in all directions. The temple has a floor space of 3500 m², and there are several galleries across the first and second floors. On the second level, you can step outside and enjoy 360-degree panoramic city views from the outdoor viewing floor. In the main hall, it takes some time to walk around and admire the ornate artwork that decorates the walls, columns and the ceiling.
The church has a capacity for 10,000 worshippers, and even the gallery that holds the choir has a capacity for up to 800, making an impressive sound when it is full. In the main bell tower there are a total of 49 bells that ring regularly across the city to call people to their place of worship. Although this is one of the city’s major tourist attractions, regular religious services are also held here.
Saint Sava Temple is just 2km from the Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel, Belgrade. You can either enjoy a stroll through the city streets until you find the spectacular structure, or it can be easily reached by public transport.