Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava

My heart broke last night when I heard that a historic cathedral in Manhattan burned to the ground. I thought that this historic building and cathedral deserved a little profile on the blog today.

Originally known as Trinity Chapel Complex, now known as The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, was originally built as an episcopalian church between 1850 and 1855. This building was designed in the English Gothic Revival style by Richard Upjohn. It was originally designed to be a part of the Trinity Church System. Yes, the same system that Alexander Hamilton was a parishioner of. He is buried in their system's cemetery.By the 1930's many rich and influential parishioners to the Trinity Church system were  migrating uptown and leaving the area around Madison Square. It was around this time that the system decided to build Trinity Church Uptown to accommodate those individuals and their families. The Manhattan location was sold to the Serbian Orthodox parish in 1942. It was re-opened as The Cathedral of St. Sava in 1944.


In re-opening the church it became important to reform the interior slightly to meet the needs of the orthodox religion. Eastern religion has very strict requirements for their building and the items/art/icons held within the church. In 1962 a hand carved iconostasis was added and brought from the Monastery of St. Naum in Ohrid, Yugoslavia. The icons were written by Russian Iconographer Ivan Maljinkov. 


Yesterday was Easter for the Orthodox communities around the world. It only saddens me with the thought that this building/haven for it's community members was lost on one of the holiest days of the year. The Church was designated a New York City landmark in 1968 and was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1982. 

This landmark will be missed greatly. See you on Friday for a #5FandomFriday! 

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1 comment:

  1. I remember seeing this gorgeous church on our NYC trip many years ago. What shame!

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