World's largest Orthodox church being completed in Belgrade
Construction of the largest in the world Orthodox church to be
completed in Belgrade
Interior decoration and painting of the church of St.Sava of Serbia
will be completed next September. The church is considered the
largest Orthodox church in the world. Christ the Saviour Cathedral
square in Moscow is 60x60 metres, while the church in Belgrade
designed in Serbian-Byzantine style is 91x81. The fresco of Christ
in the cupola of St.Sava's church will be the largest in the
Christian world. The capacity of the cathedral will accommodate some
ten thousand worshippers at a time.
The central cupola of St.Sava's church weights 4 thousand tons. 12-
meter gilded cross crowns it. There are 17 crosses of lesser size to
top other cupolas. Two belfries on the west side of the church house
49 bells of different power of sound and size. Their weight differs
from 12 kilo to 5 tons.
The construction of the church began in 1936. At first the war
interfered, and then political disorders. Builders resumed their
work in April 2000. St.Sava's church was officially handed over to
the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2003.