St Sava's Temple,
          World's Largest
         Orthodox Church
Belgrade, Serbia
Back in 1935 the Serbians began construction on what was to
be the world's largest Orthodox Church.  Over 70 years
later, Serbia continues its efforts to complete St Sava's
Temple, which is now open despite its unfinished status.
Perhaps St Sava's represents the strong role of the Orthodox
faith in Serbian national identity.   With Christian
Orthodoxy having a decentralized structure, after breaking
with the Pope and Rome a thousand years ago, the Serbian
Orthodox Church could undertake this massive project on its
Despite Nazis, Communism, and the destruction of Yugoslavia,
work on St Sava's continues, as the Serbs have every intention
to finally finish their monumental project of religious
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