The Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in 1909 and was built of brick and stone. The building is of modest dimensions and the features and influence of the Serbian-Byzantine style of building church buildings are noticeable on it. The development of the church begins with the development of the municipality of Pale, which set some of the basic guidelines for the development of the urban matrix of the municipality. The initiative and merits for the construction of the church belong to the first priest from Pale, Đorđe Grabež, and the church-school board of the time. Preparations for the construction began in 1904, when construction materials began to be procured and voluntary financial contributions were collected. The consecration of the foundations was performed on July 12, 1908, on the Christian holiday of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul – St. Peter’s Day. About 1000 people attended the consecration of the foundations, and even today, the celebration is traditionally held on that day. Despite the great material difficulties that existed during the construction of the church, the works were successfully completed.
The church in Pale was consecrated in 1909 on the Orthodox holiday of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist. On that day, a celebration is held every year in Pale. During the First World War, Austro-Hungarian soldiers imprisoned horses in the church, and the church bell was removed and taken to the smelter. A monument to 72 victims of Austro-Hungarian terror was erected in the churchyard. A stone from the tomb of King Peter I the Liberator was placed on the pedestal of the monument. The place is visibly marked, and the stone is carved in a marble slab, so that the bones of those who sacrificed their lives for the King and the Fatherland are symbolically united. And in World War II the church suffered damage. The church archives were completely burned and destroyed, as well as the registry books, church items, liturgical books and the inventory of the church. The monument to the victims of the First World War was destroyed, and the home of the victims was turned into an Ustasha command. Nevertheless, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary survived despite all the misfortunes, and even today it is the central gathering place of people from Pale.