Frescoes by Russian icon painters in Sladojevci

Just as the Suhopolje church is a testimony of love toward women, so there is a testimony of universal love and solidarity in Sladojevci. Church of St. Barbara might have remained just one in a series of beautiful Croatian late Baroque buildings had its interior not been adorned with unique frescoes by Russian church icon painters fleeing persecution by the new government in Russia after the October Revolution of 1917. Many parish communities offered them refuge on their refugee journey. It was the same in Sladojevci, and the frescoes depicting everyday life were created as a sign of gratitude for the hospitality.

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