Serbian orthodox church, Trieste
The Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Spyridon was built in Neo-Byzantine style after designs of the Italian archictect Carlo Maciacchini. The church with its five cupolas was completed in 1866 on the site of an even earlier religious bulding.
Due to Trieste's location in the neighbourhood to the border of the ex-Jugoslavian countries, the town is home to Italy's largest Serbian Orthodox community.
The Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Spyridon is located right in the heart of Trieste's city centre. It can be found at the beginning of the street Via San Spiridione in close proximity to the square Piazza Sant Antonio.
Address: Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Spyridon, Via San Spiridione 1, 34121 Trieste
The Serbian-Orthodox church of Saint Spyridion lies next to the Catholich church of Sant'Antonio, providing evidence of the multi-ethnicity of Trieste.
Its full name is Tempio della SS. Trinità e San Spiridione Taumaturgo ("Temple of Very Holy Trinity and Saint Spyridion Thaumaturge"); it was built according to a project by Carlo Maciachini and opened in 1868. Its plan is the typical Greek-cross that characterises most Orthodox buildings. The church has a central dome and four half-domes, one on each limb.
As of July 2008, the façade was undergoing a major restoration which has involved painting the domes in a darker blue. When works are finished, I will take a new picture of it.
The outside is already very magnificent but the inside is simply amazing! Follow me.
A serbian - ortodox church of San Spiridione, is located on Piazza San Antonio Nuove. It was constructed in 1868 in Neobyzantine style - some nice paintings inside. In Trieste, you can find besides the Roman Chatolic churches, alsoa Greek ortodox church and a sinagogue.
Well, in case you didn't read what an iconostasis is in the page linked to the previous tip, here you see it. It is the panel with icons and paintings that divides the apse and the sacred part of the church, where the rite takes place, from the rest of the church, where the believers stay.
This tip includes photos of the golden parts of the iconostasis. To see the silver icons, move to the next tip.
The inside of the church is richly decorated with mosaic-like frescoes, silver icons and a beautiful iconostasis (read here what it is). In the middle you can see the big candelabrum that Pavel Romanov, the future tsar, sent as a gift to the Serb Orthodox community of Trieste during his visit in 1772.
Please admire all the photos of this tip portraying the four silver icons that further decorate the iconostasis. I am afraid I cannot say with certainty who the two saints in the first and third photos are. Can you identify them?
Chiesa di Santo Spiridione is the Serbian Orthodox church of Trieste. It is located in the Piazza at the terminal of Canale Grande. This church whose architecture by Maciacchini, is a fascinating combination of Serbian and Neobyzantine, was completed in 1868. This was when the Slovene port city of Trst as it was called then, was strongly influenced by the Serbian community. There is still a substantial Serb influence in Trieste.
The church is strikingly beautiful inside and out. Brilliant gilded mosaics like that of the icon shown in the photo are found throughout the interior. A great blue dome covers the chapel while smaller blue domes cover the four campaniles. The architecture is distinguished by the main dome. I believe that the domes are covered with copper sheeting. The architecture is excellent. Other great art works are found in the interior. The icons include four silver framed works crafted in Moscow.
The church is located next to chiesa di Santo Antonio, which is the largest church in Trieste.
All the paintings that you find in San Spiridione are icons, since it is not so common in the Orthodox religion to paint scenes of the Holy Scriptures as in the Catholic and Protestant religions. This tip shows you the paintings of saints located close to the windows of the church.
Full view of Trieste's Serbian Orthodox church. All but one of the six blue domes defining the church are visible in the photo. Strong Byzantine influence on the architecture is evident. Maciacchini was the architect of this 140 year old masterpiece.
Trieste more than nearly any other city, is at a cultural crossroads. The development of this once very important port city was strongly influenced by Serbian, Slovene, Habsburg, Italian, Venetian, ancient Roman, and even Greek cultures.
I couldn't find out who San Spiridone was but the church dedicated to him is one magnificently beautiful structure. It was built by the Serbian Orthodox community and has a very strong eastern look and feel. Its beauty is everywhere - the exterior, the domed roof, the statuary, the magnificent altar and the brilliant silver icons. The church is not open all the time but the times are posted.
The Serbian Orthodox Church in Trieste, Chiesa di San Spiridone, is not a huge structure, but it is prominent along the Grand Canal because of the beauty of the icons on the outside of the church. It is hard to miss among the various neo-Classical buildings at the edge of the older component of the city and provides an optimal opportunity for anyone wanting photograph something unusual. Some of the best examples of Eastern Orthodox iconography are on the San Spiridone side of the church rather than the façade that looks onto the Grand Canal.
The site of San Spiridone was once a general orthodox church used by both Greek and Serbian Orthodox faithful, but with the construction of San Nicolò dei Greci and the gradual increase in the number of faithful in the city, the Serbian community decided to commission the building of San Spiridone between 1861 and 1868 by the Milanese architect Maciacchini. Today it can hold approximately 1600 people. The columns are of Veronese marble while the cornices are made from Tuscan marble. The church is topped with five domes (four small, one large) all in light blue. The iconostasis was painted in the 19th century by Mosca and contains icons of San Spiridone, the Madonna, Jesus and the Annunciation. There is also a large crystal chandelier, a gift from the future Tsar Paul I in 1782.
5eobyzantine styled Serbian Orthodox Church of San Spiridione is situated in the area of Borgo Teresiano, on Piazza San Antonio Nuovo.
The town of Trieste is multiconfesional, here you can also see the Synagogue (the biggest existing in Italy) and the Greek Orthodox church.
It was built between the 1861 and the 1868 on the basis of a preexistent ortodox church and has a lively and oriental architecture, designed by Carlo Maciachini. The interior and exterior mosaics are of a notable optical illusion. With a certain interest, there are also the post-Byzantine icons which are kept in custody in the temple.
In the 1700s the preexistent church was used both from the serbian community then the greek one. But for some contrasts between the 2 communities and/or for the growing number of the believers it was decded to build this new building only for the serbian community. This church can host even 1600 persons.
The temple has a plan at greek cross sormounted by 5 domes with the characteristic light blue colour .
In the inside there are many frescos but what is important is the iconostasis in solid wood, that divide the presbytery from the rest of the church. The 4 icons, showing the Madonna, Jesus, S. Spiridion and the Annunciation, were done in Moscow at the beginning of ’800, and are covered with gold and silver.
Interesting is also the big silver branched candlestick given as gift by the future zar Paul the I, during his visit in 1782.
The church of San Spiridione is a serbian-orthodox church - which reminds you of the fact that not a long time ago Trieste was once part of Jugoslavia - until Italy traded the Istrian peninsula for Trieste. This church is of recent construction (1868) and can seat about 1600 people. Inside you can see several interesting painting and frescos, but the highlight are 4 precious gilded russian icons
If you have ever been to an old ruin in Greece of an Orthodox church, you will remember the mural paintings and the designs. The time has erased part of them.....But here, in this church, you will see the marvelous and beautiful interior. Don't be bashful, go in and take a look.
You will find it amazing.
See my photos below...