4. URBAN - ARCHITECTURAL PLAN

The total necessary land area for the project realization is approximately 1.200 hectares.
Urban - architectural plan proposes that the central motif of the whole complex be the motif of the right arm of St. John the Baptist realized as a parterre and made in mosaic. The arm ends with the hand open towards the sky pointing to the east.

The hand of St. John the Baptist would be kept in the crypt in the catacombs under its own palm made in mosaic on the surface of the complex.

Note:
Destiny and realization of the project of The temple of all-Christian meeting and reconciliation "St. John the Baptist" could or could not be connected with the destiny of the arm of St. John the Baptist. It would be natural, no matter where the project is to be realized, that the arm of St. John the Baptist should be kept and guarded within such an all-Christian complex.


On the arm and around it directed toward the east expecting Jesus Christ, i.e. the coming of Heavenly Jerusalem, the object should be built in the following order:

1.On the palm of the hand, at finger roots, lies the implanted image of earthly Jerusalem made in mosaic. Around its western side, four semicircular colonnades with semicircular architrave beams join them into a whole:

   -   The first semicircular colonnade with five columns symbolically represents the three Romes (Rome - Vatican, Constantinople - Ecumenical Orthodox Church and Moscow - Russian Orthodox Church), Jerusalem patriarchy and the host - mediator church - the church that offers the territory under its spiritual jurisdiction (if God agrees that this complex is built in Serbia and Montenegro, it would be the Serbian Orthodox Church).
   -   The second semicircular colonnade with seven columns represents the seven Biblical Churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
   -   The third semicircular colonnade of columns (according to author`s account 24 columns) represents other churches founders of this sacral complex.
   -   The fourth semicircular colonnade of columns (according to author`s account 36 columns) represents royal families and orders of knighthood.

All the columns and architrave beams are of the same dimensions (column dimensions: height circa 12m and diameter 2 m, and the height of an architrave beam 2.5 m), different in material, colour and their symbolic and aesthetic design. Each column contains carved history of those to whom it is devoted: the church, the royal family or the order of knighthood.

The area among colonnades represents the temple of meeting and reconciliation on the palm of St. John the Baptist in the open (like all the living beings are in God`s hand, so all the Christians are simbolically placed on the palm of St. John the Baptist in the expectation of Christ`s second coming), for "Howbeit the most High dwellett not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet" (The Acts, 7,48).

2. Around the palm on which lies the picture of earthly Jerusalem and four semicircles of columns connected with four architrave beams there is the Park of meeting and reconciliation in the open. Park interior should be composed of: parterre greenery, flowery areas, medium and high greenery, lines of trees, watery superficies, fountains and park mobiliary (drinking-fountains, benches, street lamps…)

3.Behind the four colonnades of columns, around the forearm of St. John the Baptist in three larger semicircles temples (each in its specific style from rotunda to basilica) of all the planned churches are arranged. Behind them, in the fourth semicircle, the chapels of royal families and orders of knighthood (each in its specific style as well). For each temple, the average area of 5.000 m2 is planned; net superficies circa 300 m2, and the height of the cupola - cross stand is circa 20 m. For each chapel the base of the object is half the size.

4. Behind the fourth semicircle of chapels in the axis of the forearm of St. John the Baptist we located the Polyvalent and information centre for meeting, cultural and religious events and education with the superficies of 25.000 m2 circa, built in the form of rotunda and with ground floor and two floors (peripheral).

5.Behind the Polyvalent centre the hotels with residences and room and lodging are to be built. We planned that all the founders (churches, royal families and orders of knighthood) have their own hotels for pilgrims and tourists. The superficies of a single hotel zone ranges from 15.000 m2 to 25.000 m2, hotel shape is longer and terraced and floors the following: entrance G=3, middle part from G=4 to G=11, and the highest part G=12. Hotel bases maximally 30x80 m.
Within complex of hotels we planned facilities for church high dignitaries, priests and staff, halls, souvenir shops, first-aid station, post-office, bank, parking lots for hotel guests etc.

From the economy aspect, the Complex with its tourist-catering capacities (36.000 beds circa) will represent a powerful tourist centre which will be able to accept around 40.000 visitors on daily basis, i.e. 15 million visitors on annual basis!

Note:

The narrow choice of optimal locations in Serbia and Montenegro, as well as a wider choice of those in Europe, traffic, infrastructure and parterre mobiliary and hotel-catering solutions can be obtained by Devic Studio.



Picture 2. Conceptual design of the sacral complex The temple of all-Christian meeting and reconciliation "St. John the Baptist"



Picture 3. Three-dimensional model of the complex The temple of all-Christian meeting and reconciliation "St. John the Baptist"



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