St. Marko Church - the most important information
The Church of St. Marko was built for nine years and was completed in 1940. It is located on Tasmajdan. The church is designed on the model of the monastery Gracanica. The architecture of the church is in the Serbian-Byzantine style. It represented the largest Orthodox church in Yugoslavia before the war.
About the Church of St. Marko
The Church of St. Marko is located near the Chapel of St. Marko from the time of Prince Milos, which was built on the foundations of the old Palilula church, which was considered to be the tomb of Obrenovic family. Construction began during the reign of Alexander I Karadjordjevic, while the interior of the church was decorated after the Second World War. The design of the church was made by the Krstic brothers, following the example of Gracanica, and it stands out with its grandiose dimensions with the idea that this church should be the new throne church of the old Yugoslavia. After the temple of St. Sava, the church of St. Marko is the most impressive building from the late period of Serbian architecture. The church keeps one of the most important collections of icons from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In the vicinity of the church, in 1830, the Sultan's hatisherif was read about the recognition of Serbian autonomy within the Turkish Empire. Due to its special architectural qualities, the church is protected as a cultural monument by the state.
What to see
The long history of this church has given importance to the objects, iconostasis and icons that are in it. If you decide to visit this magnificent building do not miss some of the most important:
- Central iconostasis (located in the church seat, made in mosaic technique)
- The Last Supper (icon made in mosaic, located above the central iconostasis)
- Holy Apostle Mark (icon at the very entrance to the temple)
- Removing Jesus from the cross (mosaic of icons in the altar)
The church is opened to visitors every day from 7am to 7pm.
How to get to St. Marko Church?
The Church of St. Marko is located ten minutes from the center and from Slavija Square and can be reached from King Alexander Boulevard. Bus lines that run near the church are:
- Bus lines: 23, 24, 31, 65
It is necessary to come to the church decently dressed, in clothes that cover the knees and shoulders.