Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila - the most important information
In the very center of Subotica is the cathedral, which with its baroque appearance leaves all tourists breathless. Its immediate vicinity is adorned by the Square of the Victims of Fascism, and on the landscaped plateau in front of it stands a bust of Alexander Lifka. It is dedicated to the patron saint of Subotica, St. Teresa of Avila and it received a special blessing from the Pope. A walk through the city will take you to this cathedral, and we have no doubt that it will enchant you with its history and appearance. Take a break from sightseeing on one of the benches in front of the cathedral or stop by the nearby cinema.
History of the Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila
The construction of the cathedral lasted from 1773 to 1779, while Subotica was part of the Habsburg monarchy, and is of the Baroque-Classicist style. It belongs to the Catholic diocese of Subotica and has had the status of a small basilica since 1974. The project plan was written by Franz Kaufman. The loggia reaches a height of 18 meters, and the bell tower is 64 meters high. A statue of the Virgin Mary stands between the two bell towers. During the 19th century, a pulpit was built inside the church and an organ was installed. The cathedral is enriched with altar paintings by artists Caspar Schleiber and Emanuel Val. It was renovated in 1973 and again in 2015.
Significance of the Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila
- Since 1973, the cathedral has been taken care of by the Inter-Municipal Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments because it is considered a monument of great importance.
- Extensive conservation works have preserved the interior paintings, which represent an extremely important part of the cultural heritage.
- In 1974, Pope Paul VI awarded it the title of a smaller basilica.
Best time to visit
You can visit the cathedral every day between 6:30-12:00 and 17:30-20:40.
How to get to the Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila?
It is easiest to walk to the cathedral and at the same time enjoy the beauties of Subotica. The streets of Somborski put, Atila Jozefa, Nikola Kujundzica and Trg zrtava fasizma lead to the building. You can use the same route to arrive by car, and there are taxi services and public transport that takes you to the Lifka stop and the Polytechnic School in the immediate vicinity of the cathedral.
- Bus lines: 3; 6; 22; 23
- Taxi stations: Zuti taxi 024/9789, Hallo Taxi 024/9766, Grand Taxi 024/562 476, 024 Taxi 024/548 988
To enter the church it is necessary to follow a specific dress code that includes covered shoulders and no short pants, skirts or dresses.