Sava II

Saint Sava II (Serbian: Свети Сава II / Sveti Sava II; 1201–1271) was the third archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church, serving from 1263 until his death in 1271. He was the middle son of King Stefan the First-Crowned of the Nemanjić dynasty and his Byzantine wife Eudokia Angelina. He had two brothers, Stefan Radoslav and Stefan Vladislav, and a sister, Komnena. Predislav took the monastic name of Sava, after his uncle, Saint Sava, the first Serbian archbishop. The Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates him as a saint and his feast-day is 21 February.


Sava II
His Holiness the Metropolitan of Peć and Archbishop of Serbs
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ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church
Term ended1271
PredecessorArsenije I
SuccessorDanilo I
Personal details
Birth namePredislav
DenominationOrthodox Christian
Canonizedby Serbian Orthodox Church

Born as Predislav (Serbian Cyrillic: Предислав) in c. 1198, he was the middle son of King Stefan the First-Crowned and Eudokia Angelina. He had brothers Stefan Radoslav (b. 1192), Stefan Vladislav (b. 1198), and half-brother Stefan Uroš I (b. 1223). He also had two sisters, Komnena being the only one whose name is known.

King Stefan the First-Crowned, who had become ill, took monastic vows and died in 1227.[1] Radoslav who was the eldest son succeeded as King, crowned at Žiča by Archbishop Sava,[1] his uncle. The younger sons, Vladislav and Uroš I, received appanages.[1] Sava II (Predislav) was appointed bishop of Hum shortly thereafter, later serving as archbishop of Serbia (1263-1270).[1] The Church and state was thus dominated by the same family and the ties between the two as well as the family's role within the Church continued.[2]

Burial of Sava II, Patriarchate of Peć.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Arsenije I
Serbian Archbishop
Succeeded by
Danilo I


  1. ^ a b c d Fine 1994, p. 135
  2. ^ Fine 1994, p. 136


  • Fajfrić, Željko (2000) [1998], Sveta loza Stefana Nemanje, Belgrade: Tehnologije, izdavastvo, agencija JanusCS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Fine, John Van Antwerp, Jr. (1994), The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0-472-08260-5CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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