An enormous Russian mosaic started arriving at the largest Orthodox Church in the Balkans today (May 3, 2017), in what Serbia's leaders hailed as a sign of "eternal" friendship between the two Slavic Orthodox nations, according to the ABC News website.
The first part of the 40-ton mosaic -- personally approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin -- arrived in 66 sections at the Saint Sava temple in Belgrade, one of the largest Christian Orthodox churches in the world.
One section, featuring the head of Jesus, was put on display for people attending a service. When completed by the end of the year, the mosaic will cover some 13,230 square feet of the inside of the church.
At a ceremony inside the sprawling church today, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said the mosaic "will once again show our unity and togetherness with the Russian people and the Russian state."