Serbia – Oplenac, Church of St. George (June 2020) The memorial church and mausoleum of Karadjordjevic are located on top of the hill Oplenac above Topola. King Peter I the Liberator built this church as his endowment, following the example of the medieval Nemanjić dynasty. The construction of the church began in 1910. according to the project of Kosta Jovanović. Works on the church were interrupted several times, during the Balkan wars and during the First World War. King Pera, as the people called him, did not wait to see his endowment completed in full, he died in the summer of 1921. He officially consecrated the church in 1930.
Patriarch Varnava. The church has five domes in the image of Milutin’s medieval churches and was built of white marble from Venčac. The height of the church is 27 m and the interior is decorated with a beautiful mosaic on which 1500 figures are presented. The total mosaic area of 3500 m2 was made by the famous Russian artist Nikolai Krasnov. The church is the mausoleum of the Karadjordjevic dynasty, where 28 members of the dynasty are buried today.
In the nave of the church are the bodies of the two most prominent members of this dynasty, Karadjordje and King Peter the First. Next to the church is the house of King Peter the First where he stayed while supervising the construction of the church. This exceptional church is one of the highest achievements of Serbian church art and architecture of the 20th century. By visiting the church and the royal complex Oplenac, you have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural environment, but also to visit the church of St. George, who will enchant you with the harmony and play of colors that spill over into the mosaic created by a hundred thousand stones.