Saint Joseph's Church, Sarajevo

The Saint Joseph's Church (Bosnian: Crkva svetog Josipa) is a Roman Catholic church in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was proclaimed a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2008.[1]

Saint Joseph's Church
Crkva svetog Josipa
Sarajevo Saint-Joseph-Church 2011-10-19 (2).jpg
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
DenominationRoman Catholic
StatusParish church
DedicationSaint Joseph
Consecrated31 March 1940[1]
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Karel Pařík
Groundbreaking16 August 1936[1]
Number of spires1
ParishParish of Saint Joseph – Marijin Dvor
DeaneryDeanery of Sarajevo
ArchdeaconryArchdeaconry of Fojnica
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Vrhbosna
ArchbishopVinko Puljić
DeanMsgr. Ante Meštrović
Priest(s)Rev. Luka Brković[2]
Assistant priest(s)Rev. Mario Bernardić

The initial design of St. Joseph's church by Karel Pařík was based on the design for a neo-Romanesque church given to Archbishop Ivan Šarić by Pope Pius XI. Work began on the construction of church in 1936, and the building was consecrated on 31 March 1940. In plan the church is a triple-aisled basilica with transept. Below the sanctuary is a crypt containing the tomb of Archbishop Ivan Šarić. There are a further fifteen tombs in the south, west and east walls of the church. The church was painted by Josip Podolski in 1939, and the original stained glass windows were designed by Ivan Marinkocić. The stained glass at the west end and in the apse was destroyed by an explosion in 1945, but later restored. The high altar of St. Joseph and the terracotta Stations of the Cross were a gift from Pope Pius XII. The sculptor Franjo Rebhan carved the side altars and the tombs in the crypts. The church was damaged during the 1992–1995 war, after which it underwent structural repairs, with conservation and restoration work being carried out on the murals and stained glass.


  1. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" (in Bosnian). Archived from the original on 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2015-02-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ (in Croatian)

Coordinates: 43°51′22″N 18°24′25″E / 43.8561°N 18.4070°E / 43.8561; 18.4070