Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Sarajevo

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The Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos is the largest Serbian Orthodox church in Sarajevo and one of the largest in the Balkans.
The cathedral is dedicated to the nativity of the Theotokos. It was erected at the request of the Orthodox parish of Sarajevo, with construction taking place between 1863 and 1868. The church is constructed as a three-section basilica inscribed in a cross-shaped plan, and has five domes. The domes are built on the beams; the central one is much larger than the other four side domes. The church is arched by round elements. The small gilded baroque-style belfry is built in front of the entrance. The interior walls are decorated by painted ornaments. In the lower zones of the walls the painted ornaments are simulating the marble stone construction look. Arches and vaults are decorated in ornaments only. In 1898, the Orthodox Metropolitan Palace was built near the cathedral.
The head master for construction was Andreja Damjanov, a man from the Damjanovi-Renzovski family of master builders, masons, painters, carpenters, and stonecutters from the village of Papradište, near Veles.
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  • Walking down the pedestrian lane, I noted this big, beautiful church. I went inside, admired its beautiful icons, said my prayers and moved to visit other Sarajevo's attractions. Taking pictures insid...  more »
  • Built at the end of the 800 to give greater representativity to the Serb minority, which became increasingly important demographically and politically, it was at the center of a diplomatic accident: its bell tower was of one metre higher than the minaret of the Begova Dzamija, and to avoid a social clash, the latter was elevated by a few meters. Imperious from outside, luminous inside: Note the grandiose iconostasis, which comes directly from the Russian royal family, and the pulpit decorated
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  • This Serbian Orthodox Cathedral is part of the country history. It's very quiet inside. Unfortunately it's not allowed to take picture.  more »
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