Belgrade and Environs
After an English breakfast at the hotel, we visited the Church of Saint Sava. Saint Sava (1174-1236) is an incredibly important figure for the Serbian people. He was the youngest son of Stefan Nemanja, one of the most important kings in Serbian history. He became a monk, founded the Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos, and became the first archbishop of the newly autocephalous Serbian Orthodox Church. In bringing Christianity to his people, he is known as the enlightener of Serbia. His church in Belgrade is the location of his posthumous martyrdom, built on the spot where the godless Turks, under demonic delusion, burned his holy relics in front of the Serbian people in 1595.
|The view from my breakfast table|
This magnificent temple was inspired by Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, and is about 15 meters taller. The plans begun in the late 1800s, the foundation was laid in the interwar period, and the construction is almost finished. There were no major donors, only small donations from every Serbian Orthodox Church around the world. The mosaics were finished just last year by a team of Russian artists.