Are you planning to visit Zrenjanin soon? If the answer is yes, then you are in the right place, since on this page you can find out more about the city's sights and which of them you should definitely visit. On this occasion, we present the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, an important temple built in the first half of the 18th century.
History of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
The Church of the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God is one of the oldest buildings in Zrenjanin. It was built in 1746, during the reign of Maria Theresa. This temple was built of bricks, and thanks to that, it was spared in a terrible fire in 1807, when almost all wooden houses in Zrenjanin burned down. It was the only temple in the Diocese of Timisoara covered with tiles.
Appearance and characteristics
The Church of the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God is a single-nave building with a semicircular apse, a rectangular choir and a narthex above which rises a high baroque bell tower, with an ornate cap. The harmony and balance of the western façade was achieved by combining calm lines of pilasters, finished with profiled capitals, blind semicircular niches, corner pillars and a cordon cornice with rounded gable shapes and a richly profiled roof cornice. The painter from Bečkerek, Georgije Popović, was in charge of the painted decoration of the iconostasis from 1815, while the author of the lace carving remained unknown. The icons represent scenes from the Old and New Testaments in 3 zones. It is assumed that Georgije Popović also made 7 kissing icons with the oil technique on a wooden base. These icons have been under the protection of the Cultural Monuments Act since 1951.
How to get to the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin?
- As the administrative and cultural center of Banat, the city of Zrenjanin has an extremely favorable geographical position. It is 76 kilometers away from Belgrade, and only 49 kilometers from Novi Sad.
- You can travel to this city by car or bus.
- Zrenjanin is connected to Belgrade, Novi Sad and Novi Becej by intercity bus lines. On the route Belgrade-Zrenjanin, the transport is performed by a total of 5 carriers: Lasta, Janjušević, Autoprevoz Kikinda, Banat Trans and El Tra.
- When you arrive in the center of Zrenjanin, you can reach the Church of the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God very easily, in just 5 minutes of easy walking across the streets of Dr Emil Gavril and Svetosavska.
The Church of the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God is one of the few preserved baroque temples from the first half of the 18th century in Vojvodina. Extensive works on the restoration of this church were performed in 2000, while works on the restoration of wall paintings and wall decorations were performed a couple of years ago (2015-2016). In the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the liturgy is performed on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., while in the morning on Sundays at 9 p.m. Come and enjoy the peace that this monastery provides to all its believers!