St. Mark's church

St. Mark's church is located in the centre of Belgrade, in Tašmajdan park. It is built on the place of the old St. Mark's church, which was constructed in 1830's.

You can reach it by foot from Terazije Square in about 5 minutes (400 meters). The National Assembly of Serbia is just around the corner. Also, behind St. Mark's church is located a small Russian Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity, and further in the back is the headquarters of the Radio-Television of Serbia, national radio and tv broadcaster.

Today's monumental five-domed church was built from 1931 to 1939, in Serbo-Byzantine style of architecture, designed after monastery Gračanica (built by Serbian king Milutin in 1321). It was projected that the inside of the church should be painted in fresco techique. But, because of the outbreak of the World War II, the works were halted. After the war, communist regime came to power and they were not interested in finishing this job. 

In 2017 the works were resumed and one portion of the ceiling (the apse) is already painted in mosaique, depicting the Virgin Mary without Christ (he is represented in the medallion on her chest).

Inside St. Mark's church, you can see the tomb, made in marble, of Serbia's biggest Emperor, Tzar Dušan (1308-1355).

In the crypt of the cruch, still not finished and functional, there are tombs of several Serbian orthodox bishops, as well as of the King Alexander Obrenović and his wife Queen Draga, last rulers of the dynasty Obrenović, killed in the May Coup of 1903.

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