The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar
The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar
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Tatiana Torgonskaya
Translation: Vera Root
Photo: Tatiana Torgonskaya
21.03.2020

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir was built in the Montenegrin city of Bar just a few years ago, but it is already one of the main city attractions. And it is the largest Orthodox church in the country.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The church is impressive not only in size, but also in architecture.

The grand Cathedral is built in the Serbian-Byzantine style.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The St. Jovan Vladimir proudly rises in the center of the city, not far from the Adriatic.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The first phase of construction began in 2006.

Ten years later, the main works were completed and the solemn consecration of the church was held.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The temple has seven magnificent bronze doors.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

And each door has its own unique decor.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The interior of the Cathedral is as impressive as the exterior.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The walls and ceiling are decorated with traditional frescoes.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

This work continues to this day, but most of the space is already covered with bright images,

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

scenes from the Bible,

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

figures of Orthodox saints.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

In total, 4,860 square meters of the artwork.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

Several masters worked on this project.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The temple has domes and half domes.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The central one is decorated with the scene of the Ascension of the Lord.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The cathedral has two chapels, which can be reached from the central part of the structure.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The chapels are beautifully decorated.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

A small dome crowns each of them.

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The southern chapel is consecrated in honor of John the Baptist, and the northern one is dedicated to St. George Palamas.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The chapels are absolutely symmetrical and have the same size.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The dome of the chapel of St. George Palamas.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

Grandiose iconostasis — 18.5 meters long — is a focal point of the interior.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

In 2017, the so-called Lovćen Chapel was built on the territory of the Cathedral. It is a copy of the small temple that once stood on Mount Lovćen and served as the burial site of the revered Montenegrin ruler and Metropolitan Petar II Petrović-Njegoš.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

The Lovćen Chapel has an unusual round shape and a semicircular apse facing east.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

It is also gracefully decorated.

The Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

Lovćen Chapel is open every day, as well as the Cathedral.

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