Belgrade, January 2, 2020
The Serbian people’s love and devotion for the Russian Royal Martyrs is on display again, with a new portrait of Tsar Nicholas II, painted by a famous Belgrade artist, adorning a parish house in the Serbian capital.
With the blessing of the rector Archpriest Vladimir Levichanin, the image adorns the parish house of the Church of St. George the Great Martyr on Vojvođanska Street in New Belgrade—one of the busiest parts of the city, reports Pravoslavie.ru.
There is a strong tradition of historical murals and street art in Belgrade, but this is the first time that a painting in such a high artistic style has appeared on a building belonging to the Serbian Church.
The painting of the Royal Martyr was made by the famous Belgrade artist Milan Milosavljević, who wanted to gift his labor to a church and depict the Tsar, who is especially revered in Serbia. The Serbian publisher Nicola Drobnjakovic was also one of the initiators of the painting.
Belgrade also boasts a street named in honor of Tsar Nicholas, and in the very heart of the city, there is a majestic monument to the last Russian emperor and Heavenly protector of the Serbian people. Another portrait of the Tsar also adorns a street in the Serbian city of Novi Sad.
There is also a monument to Tsar Nicholas II in the village of Ritešić, near the city of Doboj in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Republika Srpska, and the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the last Russian royal family was celebrated with a large procession in Belgrade last year.