Serbian Orthodox Church, Coober Pedy

Church of Saint Elijah the Prophet is the Serbian Orthodox church in Coober Pedy, South Australia, built in 1993 and is dedicated to Saint Elijah. It belongs to the Serbian Orthodox Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand. The church is a popular tourist attraction because of its underground location. The whole church complex, with a church, a community hall, a parish house and a religious school, is carved in the sandstone between 3 and 17 meters under the ground level.The buildingThe church was built by Serbian Australians who settled in Coober Pedy as opal miners. Because of the hot climate, it was decided to build a church under the ground. The digging of the community hall begun in June 1992, and was finished in a month. The digging of the church itself began in February 1993, and was finished in August 1993, and consecrated on the St Elijah's day. All work was done by the volunteers. The church is 30m long, 5.3m wide, and 7m high, and is completely carved in the sandstone. The ceiling window is covered with stained glass. The floor is 17m under the ground level in the deepest point, and 3m under the ground level at the shallowest point. The church has a gallery with a baptismal font and the altar. The iconostasis is made of glass. The interior walls are covered with bas reliefs of saints carved in stone. The whole complex contains the church, the community hall, priest's home and the religious school, all carved under the ground.
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  • An unbelievable place to go and visit. The carvings on the wall are gorgeous and the amount of work that has gone into the church is amazing. Cant wait to see again!  more »
  • Very impressive masonry work, stained glass work, when you enter the church it gives out a very peaceful feeling.  more »
  • This is an incredible church which stands as a tribute to the people whose faith and persistence brought it into existence. You probably won't want to spend more than 45 minutes or so here but it is w...  more »
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  • Interesting building. Most say it is the most impressive but I prefer the ones that actually are still active church's in the community
  • A beautiful and peaceful refuge in the desert. The church is cut into the side of a rock hill, so it's very cool in summer. The stained glass windows and frescoes are beautiful and you can see how the different cutting machines excavated the walls and arches. Well worth a visit and a chat with the caretaker.
  • A beautiful church - not what you would expect to find inside based on the exterior (but that's the story of Coober Pedy, isn't it?). There's lots of detail so make sure you have a look at all the decorative items inside. It doesn't take too long to see in total, though, because it's not that large.
  • Beautiful and unique.
  • Its a littlw bit run down. But its a great concept. I love the bees at the front.

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