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Church of St. Demetrius, Dalj

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Church of St. Demetrius
Crkva svetog Dimitrija
Црква светог Димитрија
Pravoslavna crkva,Dalj.jpg
Church of St. Demetrius
Church of St. Demetrius is located in Osijek-Baranja County
Church of St. Demetrius
Church of St. Demetrius
Shown within Osijek-Branja County
45°29′02″N 18°59′13″E / 45.4840°N 18.9870°E / 45.4840; 18.9870
LocationDalj, Osijek-Baranja County
Country Croatia
DenominationSerbian Orthodox
DedicationDemetrius of Thessaloniki
Functional statusActive
Height50 m[1]
Floor area576 m2[1]
ArchdioceseEparchy of Osječko polje and Baranja

The Church of St. Demetrius (Croatian: Crkva svetog Dimitrija, Serbian Cyrillic: Црква светог Димитрија) is a Serbian Orthodox church in Dalj in eastern Croatia, and the cathedral of the Eparchy of Osječko polje and Baranja.[2] The first church on this site was built in 1715, and the present-day church in 1799.[3] The church of St. Demetrius is the largest cathedral of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia.[3]


The church is dedicated to and named after Demetrius of Thessaloniki, a Christian martyr who lived in the early 4th century. During the Middle Ages, he came to be revered as one of the most important Orthodox military saints, often paired with Saint George. His feast day is 26 October for Christians following the Gregorian calendar and 8 November for Christians following the Julian calendar.


The height of church bell tower is 50 metres, church width is 16 metres and length 36 metres.[1]


On the site of the present-day church, which was built in 1799, stood an older wooden church which was often the case with Orthodox churches in eastern Croatia.[1] At the site of the wooden church in 1715 was built the first church made of solid material.[1] Construction of the current church began in 1791.[1]

The church's iconostasis was completed in 1824 and the church consecrated in 1840.[1] The church has been renovated in its history several times, in 1837, 1866, 1901, 1931, 1949 and 2004.[1]

The church was badly damaged during World War II by the actions of the Ustaše authorities of Independent State of Croatia and closed on 12 July 1941. The church bells were then removed, the iconostasis demolished (although most of the icons survived), the roof tiles removed, the tower dynamited and parts of the church walls destroyed.[1]

Patriarchal palace

Patriarchal palace
Patriarchal palace

Next to the church is the Patriarchal palace, one of the summer residences of the Serbian Patriarchs.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sekulić, Srđan (June 2013). "Archived copy" Православни храмови источне Славоније, Барање и западног Срема /1/ (PDF). Извор, Joint Council of Municipalities (in Serbian). Vukovar. VII (69). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-07-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Hramovna slava i osvećenje zvona u Dalju". Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  3. ^ a b "Turistička zajednica Općine Erdut-Sakralni objekti". Retrieved 2013-04-08.
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