August 27, 2017
A morning at Saint Savvas church, Belgrade
Greetings from Belgrade! We came last Wednesday after a 16 hours roadtrip from Greece (yeah, more on this later..) that made me appreciate the comforts of flying more than ever. When you Google search about the city of Belgrade one of the things that comes up high on the searches is a majestic, enormours cathedral, Saint Savvas church or as it is called in Serbian ‘Hram Svetog Save‘. Coincidentally, my dad’s name is Savvas so it would be inappropriate to be in Belgrade and not visit the cathedral dedicated to the Saint my dad is named after.
Saint Savvas church is the biggest Christian Orthodox church in the Balkans. It is 70 m tall and it is a breathtaking building that from which ever direction you approach it will leave you mesmerised with its beauty and magnificence! It holds a dominant position in the skyline of Belgrade and it is the most monumental edifice in the Serbian capital!
At the moment the church is still under constuction and there’s not much you can see in the interior, however seven meters below the church of Saint Savvas is the church of Saint Lazar which is a magnificent example of how the church of Saint Savvas will look like when it will be finished…
A few meters on the left of the entrance there are some marble steps that lead to the crypt…
The staircase hand rail was so pretty it got me thinking what was about to follow in Saint Lazar’s church…
What followed was unbelievable! A marriage of marble, gold and bronze materials accompanied by colourful paintings and frescos covering the walls. And lights, so many golden pendant lights hanging from the roof reflecting a gorgeous ambiance all over the crypt.
Saint Savvas church represents an extraordinary symbol of religion and the Serbian people are so proud of it. No wonder they have carefully designed this crypt, giving a taste to the visitors of how the interior of Saint Savvas church will look like upon its completion.
We stayed in the crypt for more than we should, wandering around and paying attention to every single detail, from the huge, bronze doors to the golden framed images of the Saints, carefully positioned around so that people can pay their respects.
When our stomachs started rumbling, we decided to leave the church and go grab some lunch in Skardarlija, a popular cobbled street with restaurants and cafes lined the one next to the other..
…which I am going to show you on tomorrow’s post!
Happy bank holiday weekend everyone.