Belgrade for art lovers

Churches in Belgrade

Belgrade has an abundance of religious architecture. Orthodox icons are the perfect blend of art and spirit. Temple of St. Sava is the largest Orthodox church in the world.

Construction works on the temple dedicated to one of the greatest Serbian saints started in 1895, thanks to the Society for the Construction of the Church of Saint Sava on Vracar. The place was chosen according to the location where it is believed that in 1595 the Turks under Sinan Pasha burned the relics of Saint Sava, the first Serbian archbishop. The idea was to move the smaller church, located in the same place, to build a temple. Construction was financed by voluntary contributions from citizens, as well as domestic and foreign organizations.

Temple of Saint Sava


The Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel is one of the largest churches built in the Principality of Serbia (1815-1882) and one of the oldest churches in Belgrade. It was erected across the Building of the Patriarchate, and it represents a national symbol of independence and liberation from Turkish slavery.

The Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel
4. St. Mark's Church

One of the most beautiful churches in the capital was built in the Tasmajdan park in the Serbo-Byzantine style. The building was erected according to the architectural project of Petar and Branko Krstic between 1931 and 1940. An interesting fact is that at the time of its construction, there was no larger Orthodox church on the territory of Yugoslavia.

St. Mark Church
5. Ruzica Church (Church of Virgin Mary)

Although there are no reliable facts about the exact date or who was responsible for the construction, Ruzica is considered the oldest church in Belgrade. It was built on the Kalemegdan Fortress on the site of the namesake church from the period of Despot Stefan Lazarevic (1377-1427), which was destroyed by the Turks during the conquest of Belgrade. The current building was a gunpowder magazine in the 18th century and a military church from the 19th century.

Ruzica Church

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