Saborna church in Belgrade

Saborna church in Belgrade

Saborna Church dedicated to Saint Arhangel Mihajlo, the protector of the Family Obrenovic, was constructed by the wish of the Obrenovic Dynasty founder, Milos Obrenovic. It is considered one of the oldest Orthodox Church Temples on the territory of Belgrade and one of the most important buildings built during the rule of Obrenovic family.

Saborna Church was built in the period between 1837 and 1847 in place of an old partially collapsed church. It was built in the late Baroque style, which sets it apart from other churches from the same period built in the Byzantine style. The task of constructing this beautiful building was delegated to masons from Pancevo and Zemun.
Ever since its construction, it represents a central gathering place of Serbian population in Belgrade and therefore a place of numerous important events in the further Serbian history. Numerous Serbian rulers were crowned and married in this church, it was a place of inauguration and enthronement of Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarchs and a place of numerous church councils. Its greatest wealth is considered its treasury, in which there are old icons, crosses, goldsmith works, old books, writings and numerous other objects from 17th to 20th century. Here were also buried knez Milos Obrenovic (1780-1860) as well as his son Mihailo Obrenovic (1823-1868) and numerous important dignitaries of the Serbain Orthodox Church.

Working hours of Saborna Church in Belgrade
From Monday to Sunday working hours of the church are: 07:00- 20:00h.

Interesting facts

  • In 1900 in the Saborna Church were married king Aleksandar I Obrenovic and Draga Masin. This royal couple was assassinated in a plot carried out three years later.
  • In 1904, Petar I Karađorđević was crowned a king in this church.
  • In 1914, in the first year of the Great War (The First World War) the Austrian-Hungarian forces damaged heavily the church and robbed it of its treasures. All five bells were taken, even though the archpriest Milivoj Petrović, who was in the church at the time, begged them to leave at least one.
  • In the yard of the church there are two graves of two incredibly important educators and reformers of Serbian language: Vuk Karadzić and Dositej Obradović.

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