St. Mark’s Church
St. Mark’s Church, a monumental building in architectural tradition of Serbian-Byzantium style, is located in western part of one of the most beautiful park of Belgrade called Tašmajdan. The church was built in 1940 in imitation of Gračanica Monastery protected by UNESCO and located in Kosovo near Pristina. The Church is 62 m long and 45 wide, whilst its height with the cupola is 60 m. Inner space of the Church may receive more than 2 000 of prayers.
It was planned that the interior of the Church would be painted with frescoes. Unfortunately after the construction works inner decorations were not finished. During the communistic era and turbulent 20th century nothing much was done for objective reasons. Nowadays the most valuable thing that can be seen in the Church is the sarcophagus with the remains of first Serbian king Dušan the Strong during who’s rule Serbia was the biggest and had the territory of the modern UK and had outlet to three seas of the Balkan peninsula. Along with Dušan’s relic the Church preserves remains of Alexander I Obrenović and Draga Obrenović, his wife, that were assassinated in 1903 and Karađorđević dynasty came back to power. A collection of church’s icons belongs to 18th and 19th centuries.