Church of Pentecost, Vinkovci

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Church of Pentecost
Hram silaska Duha svetoga
Храм силаска Духа светога
Vinkovci-(20090523)-Crkva Silaska Sv. duha.jpg
Church of Pentecost
Church of Pentecost is located in Vukovar-Syrmia County
Church of Pentecost
Church of Pentecost
Shown within Vukovar-Syrmia County
45°17′18″N 18°48′25″E / 45.288201°N 18.806949°E / 45.288201; 18.806949Coordinates: 45°17′18″N 18°48′25″E / 45.288201°N 18.806949°E / 45.288201; 18.806949
Location Wappen Vinkovci.jpg Vinkovci
Country Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
Denomination Serbian Orthodox
Dedication Pentecost
Status Church
Functional status Active
Style Baroque
Years built 1793
Construction cost 3 million kuna[1]
Demolished 25 September 1991
Height 30 m[2]
Floor area 290 m2[2]
Archdiocese Eparchy of Osječko polje and Baranja

Church of Pentecost (Croatian: Hram silaska Duha svetoga, Serbian Cyrillic: Храм силаска Духа светога) in Vinkovci is a Serbian Orthodox church in eastern Croatia. The church is one of two in the Eparchy of Osječko polje and Baranja that is dedicated to Pentecost. The original church, built in 1793, was destroyed in 1991 during the Croatian War of Independence,[3] and an identical church was rebuilt in its place, in the period between 2007 and 2012.[3]


Construction of original Church of Pentecost in Vinkovci was completed in 1793.[3] In Vinkovci Serbian Orthodox Church in 1821 was baptized Josif Runjanin, composer of Lijepa naša domovino (Croatian national anthem)[3] and Sava Šumanović.[4]

Destruction and rebuilding[edit]

After war planes of the Yugoslav People's Army bombed targets in the center of Vinkovci on 24 September 1991, they badly damaged the local Catholic rectory.[3] A day later, in retaliation, the old Church of Pentecost was mined and razed to the ground after being robbed. The iconostasis and inventory was stolen and the church bells were missing for a long period of time.[3] A parking lot stood in the church's place until the beginning of reconstruction.[3]

During the initial phase of negotiations on the renewal with the local authorities, a wooden cross was erected at the location of the old church.[3] In 2007, the building of a new, identical Church of Pentecost began.[3] The final blessing and reinstatement in function happened in 2012.[1] In the meantime, the church restored a part of its looted original iconostasis, and an anonymous source reported the location of the old bells, which were then put in function.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Posvećena ponovno sagrađena pravoslavna crkva u Vinkovcima". Glas Slavonije (in Croatian). 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Pravoslavna crkva iz 1793. u Vinkovcima". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Zlo u ratu, dobrota u miru". Novosti (in Serbian) (585). 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  4. ^ "Novi hram na temeljima srušene svetinje". Archived from the original on 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2013-03-30.