PODGORICA, Montenegro - Look up at the wall and you can see Yugoslavia's late autocratic leader Josip Broz Tito drowning in red fiery waves of hell along with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of the 1848 Communist Manifesto.
They are joined by Adam and Eve, current Montenegro politicians and people wearing Turkish turbans. Close by, rival church priests are being gobbled up by the huge jaws of an angry beast with pointed devil ears.
It's fair to say the new brightly colored fresco in the Serbian Orthodox Church of Christ's Resurrection in Montenegro's capital of Podgorica has triggered much attention and controversy.
The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, the tiny Adriatic Sea nation of 600,000 people, has often been involved in politics, especially when Montenegro split from much larger Serbia in 2006.
Church leaders have already been criticized for the high costs of the vast church's lavish design.
The fresco has triggered controversy not only among the priests but also among believers, many of whom used to be passionate communists during Tito's 1945-80 autocratic rule. Montenegro was one of the six Yugoslav socialist republics that abolished communism in 1991.
The fresco in the Serbian Orthodox Church of Christís Resurrection in Podgorica, Montenegro, allegedly shows the late Yugoslav autocratic leader Josip Broz Tito drowning in red fiery waves of hell with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of the 1848 Communist Manifesto.×