Saint George's Cathedral (Novi Sad)

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Great-Martyr George (Serbian: Саборни храм Светог великомученика Георгија, Saborni hram Svetog velikomučenika Georgija) is the seat of the Serbian Orthodox Eparchy of Bačka, located in Novi Sad, northern Serbia. The present-day church was completed in 1905, on the ruins of a church built in 1734 and destroyed in 1849. It is located next to the Eparchy offices in the Bishop's Palace, in Nikola Pašić Street. It is commonly known as Saborna crkva ('Cathedral Church') among the city residents.[1]

Cathedral Church of the Holy Great-Martyr George
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View of the church
Religion
AffiliationSerbian Orthodox Church
DistrictEparchy of Bačka
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusmain church of eparchy
Location
LocationNikola Pašić Street
Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia
Geographic coordinates45°15′26″N 19°50′53″E / 45.25722°N 19.84806°E / 45.25722; 19.84806
Architecture
Architect(s)Milan Michal Harminc (1905)
Completed1860-1905 (1734 foundation)

HistoryEdit

 
Iconostasis of the church, painted by Paja Jovanović

An older church in the baroque style began building in 1720, and extended in 1734, during the time of Empress Maria Theresia, Patriarch Arsenije IV Jovanović and Archpriest Visarion Pavlović. It was burnt down in a bombing in 1849, during the Revolutions in the Habsburg areas. The planning of the present-day church began in 1851, and it was built between 1860 and 1880 on the ruins of the old one, with further renovations and completion by 1905 under design by architect Milan Michal Harminc, during the office of Mitrofan Šević. A new tower with new bells from Budapest was added during the rebuilding.[2]

FeaturesEdit

The Cathedral is dedicated to the Saint George. The church interior includes an iconostasis with 33 icons, historical pictures above both choirs, as well as two large throne icons, painted by renowned academic Paja Jovanović, which are considered to be his best ecclesiastical works. The wall paintings were made by Stevan Aleksić. It is one of the foremost monuments of the religious architecture in Novi Sad.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Saborna crkva Sv. Đorđa" (in Serbian). Official Website of City of Novi Sad. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Orthodox Cathedral". Official Website of City of Novi Sad. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2014.

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