Church of Christ the Saviour, Pristina

Church of Christ the Saviour

The building in February 2013
General information
Address Agim Ramadani, Vreshtat
Town or city Pristina
Country Kosovo[lower-alpha 1]
Coordinates 42°39′31″N 21°09′49″E / 42.6585°N 21.1636°E / 42.6585; 21.1636Coordinates: 42°39′31″N 21°09′49″E / 42.6585°N 21.1636°E / 42.6585; 21.1636
Groundbreaking 1995 (1995)
Owner Disputed
The unfinished interior in October 2012

The Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour (Serbian: Саборни храм Христа Спаса у Приштини/Saborni hram Hrista Spasa u Prištini, Albanian: Katedralja e Krishtit Shpëtimtar) in Pristina, Kosovo[lower-alpha 1] is an unfinished Serbian Orthodox Christian church whose construction began in 1995.[1] Due to have been completed in 1999, its construction, on the campus of the pre-war University of Pristina, was interrupted by the Kosovo War.[1]


Its construction was not welcomed by the predominantly Muslim population of Kosovo,[2] and its future remains uncertain.[2] Ownership of the building and the land on which it is located is disputed between the current University of Pristina and the Serbian Orthodox Church.[2]

Seen as a symbol of the rule of Slobodan Milošević,[3] various Kosovo Albanian intellectuals have called for its demolition.[4]

Notes and references


  1. 1 2 Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received recognition as an independent state from 110 out of 193 United Nations member states.


  1. 1 2 "Christ the Saviour Cathedral - Sightseeing in Pristina". Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 Demolli, Donjeta (2012-10-31). "Kosovo Mulls Fate of Milosevic-era Cathedral". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  3. Godwin, Martin (23 September 2012). "Bad religion: A Place Beyond Belief reaches Kosovo - in pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  4. "Albanian Intellectual: Demolish 'bad religion' Serbian Orthodox Temple". eBritić. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
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