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Church of St. Alexander Nevsky description and photos - Montenegro: St. Stephen. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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The Church of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky is located on the island of Sveta Stefan and was built in the 15th century. The church was originally dedicated to the Holy Mother of God. Until today, only ruins have remained from the temple, the foundation has been preserved. This unique Orthodox building has survived many historical events.
Children who died during the scarlet fever epidemic were buried near the church walls in the 18th century. After the earthquake of 1667, the temple was seriously damaged. Until the end of the 30s, only ruins remained from it.
The temple was renamed in 1938, which is connected with the request of Maria Karageorgievich, who was just building her residence on the island of Svete Stefan. A monastery konak was built near the church, after which the temple began to serve as a church at the royal court. The renaming is explained by the fact that Queen Maria loved the Russian prince. Patriarch Gavrila (Dozhich) blessed the dedication of the temple to the holy Prince Alexander Nevsky.
In 1959, the island was sold to a Singaporean construction firm, which planned to build a giant hotel complex on the island. In the same year, the church was partially destroyed so that a casino and a dance terrace could be built in its place. At that time, only parts of the iconostasis and the bell tower were preserved, which were kept by the Pashtrovichi, members of the Montenegrin Orthodox dynasty.
To date, the disputes over the church have not ended. Sightseeing is temporarily unavailable.
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