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St Sava

26 Nov 2008 / 3 Comments / in Journeys

The Serbians are building the biggest Orthodox church in the world.


St Sava in Belgrade is a huge space made of concrete.  It lacks the peaceful feeling of other holy places I’ve visited, but that could be down to the ongoing building works.

A mason is electrically chiselling a white marble capital for one of the columns, creating an arabesque pattern of foliage and the face of a low-ranking angel.  Lions, elephants and eagles are carved along the arches.

It seems like an amazing thing to do to carve out a place of worship like this – or to carve out a country, which has happened here repeatedly.

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3 Responses to St Sava

  1. Rosie says:

    Just caught up with your blogs again, love it! What is a low ranking angel?

  2. Sarah says:

    Cherubim are pretty low-ranking. Archangels on the other hand, like Gabriel, are very senior. You couldn’t have a low-ranking angel handling the annunciation for example.

    It’s like that well known phrase, ‘don’t send a cherub to do archangel’s work.’

  3. Kazu says:

    Hello, Sarah,

    I’m back to London. Finally, finally :)

    My shoes are still fine. I can have spare shoes now. But socks…I have to wash again. ha ha

    It was really nice to meet you in Belgrade, by the way. I’ll give you a ring later.

    See you soon hopefully,


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