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The Church of St. George

SERBIA | Monday, 14 November 2011 | Views [1657]

Mosaics come in 1500 colors, St. George Church, Topola

Mosaics come in 1500 colors, St. George Church, Topola

Sopocani Monastery was filled with the faithful on Sunday morning.  It must have been a special service because the religious TV station was filming the service.  Not much of the original monastery was left after the Turks, but it has been nicely rebuilt.

Studentica Monastery sits in the most beautiful part of Serbia we have seen.  The frescoes were chipped up in the 1800s prior to re-plastering and repainting.  The project ran out of money and they remain in their defaced state even now.  Studentica is a World Heritage site but the guides said they haven't provided the money to rehabilitate the frescoes.

With all of the "old" churches it's ironic that our favorite - and yours, too if you see it - was the Church of St. George set in a wooded park in Topola.  Every inch of the interior is covered in the usual biblical scenes.  But these are not frescoes - they are mosaics.  There are supposedly 40 million tiny tiles in 1500 different colors that make up the scenes.  Truly amazing!


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