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Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
As Orthodox grew in numbers, so did the need to build a new church. It took over a decade to build one and it was completed in the last years of the Ottoman rule in 1874.
Location: Old Town
Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz and Serbian Prince Mihailo Obrenovic each gave 500 ducats for the church construction. The entire construction cost 36.000 ducats. The church is a three-nave basilica with five Neo-Byzantine domes on high tambours and a tall Baroque bell tower. At the time it was highest tower of a sacral monument.

The Ottoman rulers granted the dimension, however, they ordered Bey’s Mosque minaret to be reconstructed to be taller than the Church’s bell tower. Iconostas with a golden-plated frame made by Russian artisans was a gift from the Russian Imperial Romanov family. The Austro Hungarian Monarchy replaced the lead roof by a plate roof for the needs of the First World War, and also took off the 33-tone lead bell. The Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos is near all other sacral monuments and completes the multicultural spirit of Sarajevo.