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Looking for updated pics of St. Savas church in Belgrade

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I've been enthusiastically following the progress of the interior of St. Savas. It just seems to be such a poignant expression of Orthodoxy's perseverance in the face of persecution and political violence. Does anyone know of a source where the latest progress pics are posted? The most recent pics I've been able to find are on wikipedia, and I just know that there's got to be a better source. I'm especially looking forward to seeing the interior murals completed. Lately they've finished the mosaic of the pantocrator, an image from the ascension, as well as the apse behind the altar.

Does anyone have a better source? I don't mind having to click blindly around a Serbian page, if need be.
 

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I am not sure if this is what you are looking for as it is not totally up to date:
These photos present mainly the underground (basement) church of saint Sava.


Photos from January this year: https://www.novosti.rs/вести/наслов...ндиозни-мозаички-подухват-у-Храму-Светог-Саве

Photos from late August this year:
 

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Thank you both! Yes, Dominika, these were the pictures I've been looking for. I'm seriously stoked to see this church completed. I love how Serbia still builds these very Byzantine temples.
 

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Thank you both! Yes, Dominika, these were the pictures I've been looking for. I'm seriously stoked to see this church completed. I love how Serbia still builds these very Byzantine temples.
In fact, it is Serbo-Byzantine style ;)
 

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Yes, and my favorite extant style of church architecture. Seriously, everything about Serbo-Byzantine architecture is ideal to my eyes. The proportions, the materials, everything.
So long as it stays away from that dreaded Hungarian style.
 

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Wow :love: That is just absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, I don't think there's any temple of Byzantine inspiration that surpasses this church. At least if you don't count Agia Sophia as a church any more.

I'm blown away at how quickly they've completed the rest of the Church. It seems like it took months and months to complete the mosaics on the dome. And all of the sudden, they're nearly entirely finished.

Thank you Ma'am. Now I need to find out what time of the year is best to visit Serbia so I can see it in person. 😇
 

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I don't think I've ever seen a horos like that one, where it has a smaller chandelier in the center, especially one that's filled in at the bottom. It seems odd to me that if you were standing directly in the center of the church, you couldn't look up and see the dome. What does everyone else think about the horos?
 

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You don't have to stand under the dome.
 

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I understand that. In a church of this size, I suspect the dome mosaic can be seen from nearly any angle. However, I think it's a natural response to want to stand smack dab in the middle of the church and look up. Just thought it was an interesting design of horos.
 

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It’s huge!
 

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I'm in awe. So beautiful.

Now I want to see them swing the horos at pascha. :LOL:
 

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Thanks Dominika!
 

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Yes, and my favorite extant style of church architecture. Seriously, everything about Serbo-Byzantine architecture is ideal to my eyes. The proportions, the materials, everything.
So long as it stays away from that dreaded Hungarian style.
I agree that this is truly a beautiful church and constructed so quickly too. It will be blessing to all who worship in it for centuries to come.
Sorry, I don't know what you mean by the "dreaded Hungarian style" in Serbo-Byzantine architecture? Do you have link perhaps?
 

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Maybe the most notable example is St. Michael's Cathedral in Belgrade. Culturally speaking, it's a monument, situated across from the patriarchate. From what I understand, a lot of Serbs view it as a testament to their struggle with the Ottomans. While it's certainly not the most garishly neoclassical church, it seems very foreign to traditional Serbian architecture. Just my opinion though.

 

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Maybe the most notable example is St. Michael's Cathedral in Belgrade. Culturally speaking, it's a monument, situated across from the patriarchate. From what I understand, a lot of Serbs view it as a testament to their struggle with the Ottomans. While it's certainly not the most garishly neoclassical church, it seems very foreign to traditional Serbian architecture. Just my opinion though.

Well, many Serbian Orthodox churches look like this, so actaully, it's not so foreign, at least at some point of time of history ;)
 

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it seems very foreign to traditional Serbian architecture.
What is traditional Serbian architecture? How far back we should go to find that?
 

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What is traditional Serbian architecture? How far back we should go to find that?
Well, there is somethin called "Byzanto-Serbian sacral architecture" and you can find examples of it in Kosovo and Metochia; modern examples are exactly church of st. Sava in Belgrade and Christ Saviour cathedral in Banja Luka, but of course, there are more. However, there is also village sacral Serbian architecture, that's wooden and has its own charecteristics. As for houses, we can also speak about something as Serbian architecture.
 

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Another video from Liturgy

 
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