Friday, November 26, 2010

Serbian Orthodox Church in Ljubljana

Serbian Orthodox Church
in Ljubljana, Slovenia
 In an oasis of peaceful green, and located at the Prešernova cesta (Museum Area), the white edifice of the Serbian Orthodox Church of Ljubljana hides behind a collar of trees.

It’s a fairly new building, erected in 1936 and is dedicated to saints Cyril and Methodius, the brothers who invented the Slavic alphabet that is still known as Cyrillic.

The church is open for public every day except Mondays, and from 09:00 to 12:00, and 14:00 to 16:00. Sunday services are at 10:00.

To tourists who are not familiar to the typical interior of an Orthodox church, the relatively modest Orthodox church of Ljubljana is a good place to start. It has all the features of its gargantuan eastern cousins, but is obviously a renegade Benjaminesque version of them.

From the dome, Christ Pantocrator looks down on a black and white checkered floor and panel after panel of Biblical depictions.

There are the apostles, saints and countless heroes, all cast upon the signature Byzantine mould, staring stoically into a small bubble of timelessness in a town on the edge of a shaken world.

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