Order of St. Sava

The Order of St. Sava was a decoration of merits, awarded by the Kingdom of Serbia, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1883 to 1945. There is a same-named Order of merits, awarded by the Serbian Orthodox Church since 1985.

Order of St. Sava
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Star of the Serbian Order of St. Sava
Awarded by Kingdom of Serbia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Serbian Orthodox Church
TypeState Order (1883-1945)
Church Order (since 1985)
EligibilityCivilians, military members (since 1914).
Awarded forMeritorious achievements in the arts, science, education and religion
RibbonWhite with Light Blue stripes on either side
Established23 January 1883
Total awardedunknown
Next (higher)Order of the Cross of Takovo
(Kingdom of Serbia, 1883-1903)
Order of the White Eagle
Order of the Yugoslav Crown
(Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 1930-1941)
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The Ribbon of the Order

History of the state orderEdit

The Order of Saint Sava was established originally to recognize civilians for meritorious achievements to the Church, to arts and sciences, the royal house and the state. In 1914 a change was made permitting military personnel to receive the honor for military merit. The Order of St Sava was then awarded by the king of Yugoslavia until the abolishment of the monarchy in 1945. Five grades were awarded: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, and Knight. The first grade was a medal, worn with a sash over a shoulder and additionally with a breast star. The second and third-grade laureates wore the Order with a neckband. The fourth grade with a triangular suspension, a rosette was attached to the ribbon above the medal. The fifth grade had a triangular suspension without a rosette. The medals of the fourth and fifth grades were worn on the breast. All white ribbons had two light blue stripes.[1][2]

History of the church orderEdit

Since 1985, the Order has been awarded on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of St. Sava. This order is dedicated to ecclesiastic and secular persons, who have special merits for the Serbian Orthodox Church. According to the ordinance of the church, each person who received a medal of third grade may receive the medal of the higher grade as well as the first grade for future merits, provided that three years have passed at least since the previous award. The order is determined in three grades: the first one is white, the second red and the third blue colored.[3]

Laureates of the stateEdit

Laureates of the churchEdit


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