20.08.2020. - 15:44

President Vučić visits works on the interior design of Saint Sava Temple

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the works on the interior of the Church of St. Sava, which is expected to be completed in October when the Saint Sava Temple will be opened as part of the great jubilee - 800 years of Serbian Orthodox Church autocephaly.


Photo: Presidency of Serbia / Dimitrije Goll

President Vučić said that he was proud that the state had taken on the most considerable burden for the completion of the construction of the Saint Sava Temple and that more had been invested in the Temple in the previous three years than in the last 60 years.
"All our deeds remain for future generations and this period will be remembered not only for the great investment in roads, railways and other infrastructure facilities but also for the completion of the most important religious and cultural object. This will be the new Hagia Sophia. We no longer have Hagia Sophia, but we have the Temple of Saint Sava", stated President Vučić and added that the Temple has the most extensive mosaic in the whole world, made of broken glass, crafted by the greatest Serbian and Russian masters.

Photo: Presidency of Serbia / Dimitrije Goll

"The Temple of Saint Sava is one of the three largest in the Orthodox world. We have been fighting to make our Temple for more than 100 years. A great thing for all people who respect themselves and their history, but also their future. In just two months, the works will be finished, and we will be able to see the Temple in its fantastic beauty. It will become one of the largest and most important gathering places of our people, but also of all who come to Serbia to see something magnificent. People who dream big dreams have a chance to make big things come true," said President Vučić, thanking Russian artists working on the dome, Russian academician Nikolai Mukhin - the principal author and creator of the mosaic, and Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Gazprom company on a donation of 10.5 million euros. 

Photo: Presidency of Serbia / Dimitrije Goll

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej said that the Saint Sava Temple will be a magnificent shrine to the pride of the Serbian people, but also of the entire Christian world. He expressed gratitude to all who donated funds for the Temple, but also to the state of Serbia, which understood the meaning and significance of Saint Sava for our history and the meaning of the Temple that is being built right on the spot where his relics were burned. 

Photo: Presidency of Serbia / Dimitrije Goll

"As much as Stefan Nemanja contributed to the creation of the state, Saint Sava did nothing less. Nemanja expanded the borders, but Sava gave spirit and life to our church. It is felt throughout history, and it is still felt today," said the Serbian patriarch. 
20th August 2020

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