Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Spyridon, Trieste

Saint Spyridon Church is a Serbian Orthodox church in Trieste, Italy.   

The Orthodox community in Trieste was established in 1748 but it wasn't until 1751, when Empress Maria Theresa allowed free practice of religion for Orthodox Christians, that immigration of Serbian traders from Herceg Novi, Trebinje and Sarajevo to Trieste prompted.

Built in 1869 on the architect Carlo Maciachini’s project, this orthodox church is located on the ground where another church with the same name was previously situated.

The architectural complex is typically Byzantine and richly decorated: in the outer part, the dome and the four bell towers are painted blue and the facades, covered with mosaics, host nine big statues realized by the Milanese sculptor Emilio Bisi between 1850-1920.

The inner part is covered with oil paintings imitating the mosaics; there are four gold and silver icons which are highly representative, too: Saint Spyridon, Madonna and Child, Christ the King and the Annunciation. They have all been realized in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century.

In the church there are three altars in total and the great silver chandelier hanging in front of the entrance is a gift from Paul I, Tsar of Russia.

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Opening Hours

Monday:
Closed
Tuesday:
08:30 - 12:30
16:00 - 19:00
Wednesday:
08:30 - 12:30
16:00 - 19:00
Thursday:
08:30 - 00:30
16:00 - 19:00
Friday:
08:30 - 12:30
16:00 - 19:00
Saturday:
08:30 - 12:30
16:00 - 19:00
Sunday:
08:30 - 12:30

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