Armed and Luminous.

Curious Expeditions has discovered a pair of very unusual lighting fixtures in a Serbian church:

Lighting the frescoed walls of Ružica Church, a small chapel built into the side of Kalemegdan fortress, are two chandeliers made entirely of spent bullet casing, swords, and cannon parts. It is a more fitting decoration than one might realize. . . .

Controlled at various times by the Serbs, Turks, Hungarians, and Austrians, the small dark church tucked in the Fortress' side has seen a lot of action. The space the church now occupies was used by the Turks as gunpowder storage for over 100 years and it had to be largely rebuilt in 1920 after WWI. Though damaged by bombings there was an upshot to the terrible carnage of The Great War. While fighting alongside England and the US, Serbian soldiers on the Thessaloniki front took the time to put together these two amazing chandeliers.

Read the whole post for more fascinating information on the phenomenon of Trench Art.

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