City - Belgrade State - SERBIA Country - Yugoslavia
Hram Svetog Save
Wikipedia says about Hram Svetog Save that it is the largest Orthodox church currently in use. It is dedicated to Saint Sava (founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church). It dominates the Belgrade cityscape.
It is believed that the location is where the remains of St. Sava were burned by the Ottoman ruler Sinan Pasha. 340 years later, construction of the new church began May 10, 1935 on the design of Aleksandar Deroko and Bogdan Nestorovic. The building of the church is financed exclusively by donations.
Construction ceased during the Nazy occupation of Belgrade and the early structure was used by the invaders as a parking lot; after the war, it served similar purposes until 1985, when it was decided to continue to build the temple taking in consideration new materials and methods.
The 4000 ton central dome, 82 metres high (to the tip of the cross) was built on the ground and took 40 days to lift, it was finally fitted on June 26, 1989.
The structure was mostly finished by 2004; however the inner decorations is largely unfinished.