Saint Sava of Serbia Exhibition at Thessaloniki’s Byzantine Museum

8 June - 13 September 2017

Saint Sava of Serbia

The museums of Byzantine Culture and of Serbian History invite you to the opening of the Saint Sava of Serbia exhibition today, Thursday, at 8 PM at the Byzantine Museum’s ‘Kyriakos Krokos’ Periodical Wing. The exhibit includes representations of the saint and texts detailing his life and work.

Considered one of the most important figures of Serbian history, Saint Sava the Enlightener (about 1172-1236), was the prince of the Serbian dynasty of the Nomandes. He founded the Hilandar Monastery in 1198. He was also the benefactor and founder of churches and monasteries in Mount Athos, Serbia, Istanbul, Thessaloniki and the Holy Land. In addition, he was the abbot of the monastery of Stoutenitsa, a diplomat, a lawmaker, and founder and first archbishop of the self-rule of a Serbian Orthodox church.

During his busy life he strengthened Serbia's relationship with Byzantium and Orthodoxy, and authored a legal text which was foundational to Serbian law. This text, the Zakonopravilo, composed in Thessaloniki in 1220, was also fundamental to the structure of the Serbian church. It was adapted from Byzantine texts to fit Serbian cultural and legal norms.

 He had close relations with Mount Athos, where he lived for almost two decades in the monasteries of Agios Panteleimonos and Vatopedi until the foundation of the Hilandar Monastery. Equally important was his connection to Thessaloniki, where he was ordained archimandrite (superior abbot ordained to supervise other monaster abbots), and later remained in the monastery of Philokalos, of which he was a benefactor.

The exhibition will run until September 13, 2017.