Saint Joseph's Church, Sarajevo

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Saint Joseph's Church
Crkva svetog Josipa
Location Sarajevo
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Denomination Roman Catholic
History
Dedication Saint Joseph
Consecrated 31 March 1940[1]
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Karel Pařík
Style Neo-romanticism
Groundbreaking 16 August 1936[1]
Completed 1939[1]
Specifications
Length 49m
Width 22m
Number of spires 1
Bells 3
Administration
Parish Parish of Saint Joseph - Marijin Dvor
Deanery Deanery of Sarajevo
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Fojnica
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Vrhbosna
Clergy
Archbishop Vinko Puljić
Dean Msgr. Ante Meštrović
Priest(s) Rev. Luka Brković[2]
Assistant priest Rev. Mario Bernardić

The Saint Joseph's Church (Bosnian: Crkva svetog Josipa) is a Roman Catholic church in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was proclaimed a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2008.[1]

The initial design of St. Joseph's church by Karel Pařík was based on the design for a neo-Romanesque church given to Archbishop Ivan Šarić by Pope Pius XI. Work began on the construction of church in 1936, and the building was consecrated on 31 March 1940. In plan the church is a triple-aisled basilica with thansept. Below the sanctuary is a crypt with the tomb of Archbishop Ivan Šarić. There are a futher fifteen tombs in the south, west and east walls of the church. In 1939 the church was painted by Josip Podolski, and the original stained glass windows were designed by Ivan Marinkocić. The stained glass at the west end and in the apse was destroyed by explosion in 1945, and later restored. The high altar of St. Joseph and the terracotta Stations of the Cross were a gift from Pope Pius XII. The suplptor Franjo Rebhan carbed the side altars and the tombs in the crypts. The church was damaged during the 1992-1995 war after which it underwent structural repairs and conservation and restoration work on the murals and stained glass.

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