Church of the Nativity - the most important information
The Church of the Nativity is located in the center of Pirot. This Orthodox church was built thanks to the voluntary contributions of local and wealthy locals. It is dedicated to the feast of the Nativity of Christ and is one of the few churches in this part of the Balkans, which can be entered by descending the steps. The Church of the Nativity of Christ was built in 1834, and its builder was Andreja from Veles, one of the most famous masters of that time. This church in Pirot had several valuable and old manuscripts.
History and characteristics of the church
During the construction of the Church of the Nativity in Pirot, there were residents of Serbian, Turkish, Jewish and Roma nationalities in the city. At that time, there were already eight mosques in the city. This Orthodox church is entered after descending several steps, and the reason for this construction is that the church was not allowed to be higher than the Turkish mosque. The foundations and the church itself were buried in the ground in order to respect the decision of the sultan and the rule that the interior of the temple with the altar has a length of 22 m, a width of 13 m and a height of 10 m. The iconostasis of the church has an exceptional beauty, and on it you can notice the figures of the Savior, the Mother of God, the apostle and the saint. The frescoes on the walls of the temple were painted by the painter from Pirot, Cedomir Krstić. The Church of the Nativity of Christ has 2 choirs, around which are placed tables for the elderly and the sick.
How to get to the Church of the Nativity?
- Belgrade is about 300 km away from this church in Pirot, so it will take you 3 hours and 10 minutes by car (by highway A1 / E75).
- The Church of the Nativity is located in the center of Pirot. If you can get to this city by bus, you can reach this church on foot, in just 8 minutes across Srpskih vladara Street.
The Church of the Nativity had several valuable and old manuscripts. Two srbulje were also found at this place, one of which was written on parchment and the other on paper. Due to its architectural and historical value, this church in Pirot was declared a cultural asset in 1986.