Church of Saints Philip and James

Vukovar, Croatia

The Church of Saints Philip and James was built from 1723 till 1732, when it was blessed by Marko Dragojević. In 1897 it was expanded according to the plans of Franz Langerberg and later Richard Jordan. In 1911 it was successfully painted with fresco paintings.



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Founded: 1723-1732
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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Nikola Kudrna (14 months ago)
As well as (almost, 2020.) everything else in this heroic city, this church has risen from the ashes and was rebuilt after Serbian extremists destroyed it in summer and autumn 1991. Outside and inside is very beautiful. One part of inside area is left as it was after the Croatian War of Independence (Homeland War), so people can remember, which is very good thing!
Daria Kuruc (15 months ago)
Renata Škovran (2 years ago)
B. B. (2 years ago)
first you should visit when you arrive in Vukovar.
Ema Stankoski Hrgović (2 years ago)
This is a historical church full of hidden treasures... I'm not going to talk about it's history or festivals that take place there, but you can look it up on internet. Unfortunately, you can't just wonder around the church, but there is always someone in there who you can ask for help and they will show you everything this church has to offer. There is also a place to park your car or secure your bicycle. It is a *must see* if you visit Vukovar. WARNING: shorts, cropped tops, flip-flops, shoulder and cleavage aren't fine, and you should dress smart. Have a good time
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