Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sarajevo

Sacred Heart Cathedral
Croatian: Katedrala Presvetog Srca Isusova
Location Sarajevo
Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Denomination Roman Catholic
Dedication Sacred Heart
Consecrated 14 September 1889
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Josip Vancaš
Architectural type Cathedral
Style Gothic
Groundbreaking 25 August 1884[1]
Completed 9 November 1887
Length 41.90 m (137.5 ft)[1]
Width 21.30 m (69.9 ft)[1]
Number of spires 2
Spire height 43.20 m (141.7 ft)[1]
Bells 6
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Vrhbosna
Archbishop Vinko Puljić
Bishop(s) Msgr. Pero Sudar
Provost The Very Rev. Pero Pranjić
Rector Msgr. Ante Meštrović
Vicar(s) Msgr. Bosiljko Rajić

The Sacred Heart Cathedral (Bosnian: Katedrala Srca Isusova) is a Christian church in Sarajevo; commonly referred as the Sarajevo Cathedral, it is the largest cathedral in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2] It is the seat of the Archbishop of Vrhbosna, currently Cardinal Vinko Puljić, and center of Catholic worship in the city. The Cathedral is located in the city's Old Town district.


Sacred Heart Cathedral was built in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an important Catholic concept. The building is in the Neo-Gothic style, with Romanesque Revival elements. The building was awarded to the Viennese contractor Baron Karl Schwarz with supervising architect Josip Vancaš. He modeled it after the Notre-Dame in Dijon (France). Work began on 25 August 1884, and was completed on 9 November 1887. The Bishop of Dubrovnik was present for the consecration on 14 September 1889.

Peace demonstration in front of the cathedral on September 1991 prior to the outbreak of the Bosnian War.

The building was damaged during the Siege of Sarajevo, but not completely destroyed, and the damage has since been repaired. The building is often considered as a symbol of the city: The design above the door to the Cathedral is part of the flag and seal of Sarajevo Canton and the Romanesque towers are featured on the flag and coat of arms of Sarajevo.


The cathedral is 41.9 meters long and 21.3 meter wide. It was constructed in Neo-Gothic style; The two bell towers are 43.2 m high. Above the portal is an octagonal rosette and a statue of the Sacred Heart.



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Coordinates: 43°51′34″N 18°25′31″E / 43.8594°N 18.4254°E / 43.8594; 18.4254

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