Serbian Orthodox Church
However, I must tell you that the church pictured is NOT a Russian Orthodox Church . It is Eastern Othodox as is the Russian church. However , for historical accuracy this is a church which is Serbian in origin with GREAT influence from the Greek Church.
Even the way the Church is built , is of Greek influence. Many Greek Churches still standing have that sort of "brick work" and shape.
Macedonia (FYROM) was part of Serbia for many centuries. They had similar names at least until the time of Tito. He changed so much and in efforts to destroy Christianity he also made most churches into museums. or simply allowed them to collapse.
That Church dates back to the time of St, Sava, the first bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church which was given autonomy from the Greek Orthodox Church in the 10th Century. His father aslo became a monk and they worked tirelessly to build churches.
Serbian, St.King Milutin is known as the GREAT CHURCH BUILDER of Serbia. He also restored HUNDREDS churches.
The styles and iconography is definitey Serbian with GREAT Greek influence.
The Balkans were more influenced by the Greek Church and even their Church music( tones) are based on the Greek, as opposed to the Russian.
The Orthodox Church is the same CHURCH all over the world, but it had language "juridictions" back then and now.
Patriarchs are the Ecumenical , Greek , Russian, Armenian, Georgia, Antiochian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Alexandrian( Copts), Ethiopea, Albanian and Cyprus.
Some nations churches will fall under a Patriarch in another country. For example, the Urkrainians and Belarussians are in the Russian Patriarchy. Just because a political bountry divides nations, the Church is not.
Well hope this helps somebody.
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