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In the spirit of shared heritage: Exploration and preservation of the cultural heritage of the Municipality of Novi Bečej alongside the significance of European heritage. This section represents a thorough analysis of the cultural treasures that adorn our municipality, while emphasizing its connection to the broader European context. Discover the rich tradition, architectural beauty, and cultural events that shape the identity of our community as we explore how heritage and innovation can together enrich our future. Through diverse texts, we delve into not only the wealth of heritage surrounding us but also the ways in which we preserve, revitalize, and share it with the world, bridging the past, present, and future.

Memorial Museum "Glavaš House" in Novi Bečej
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Memorial Museum "Glavaš House" in Novi Bečej

The Memorial Museum "Glavaš House" is situated in the old center of Vranjevo (today part of Novi Bečej). The building was erected in the early decades of the 19th century and belonged to the esteemed and wealthy Glavaš family. Vladimir Glavaš, a doctor of law, educated in Bratislava and Prague, bequeathed the house and other property to the Serbian Orthodox Church Parish of Vranjevo in 1907. The Municipality of Novi Bečej began renovating the building in 2006, and it is now home to the memorial museum.

The house was built in a simplified Empire style, with superbly executed carpentry, metalwork, and wall painting details, which are almost entirely preserved. The building’s exceptional functionality allowed for good communication and easy maintenance.

The interior of "Glavaš House" is partly furnished with original and partly with acquired materials. Some rooms are decorated in the style of the early 19th century, reflecting the daily life of a wealthy bourgeois family, while other rooms display specific thematic units.

Memorial Museum "Glavaš House" in Novi BečejThrough the richly painted porch, one enters the central hall, which features a built-in wardrobe and a seating set. The small doors for stoking three stoves simultaneously, a food pass-through from the kitchen, and part of the servant call bell mechanism date from the house's construction period.

Glass double doors lead to the central room, the reception salon. The lavish floral decoration of the walls and ceiling, the Biedermeier salon set, the semi-concert piano, the carved wardrobe with bronze details, the pedestal mirror, and painted portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries take us back in time.

To the left of the salon is a room dedicated to the famous Serbian composer Josif Marinković, born in Vranjevo. Items collected and provided by the Elementary School bearing the composer's name are enriched by a 19th-century harmonium. The next room houses photographs collected by the Serbian Orthodox Church Parish over several decades, as well as liturgical items. The photographs depict the life, customs, and attire of old Vranjevo inhabitants. To the right of the salon is the bedroom, furnished with pieces acquired from the Sokolac Castle of the Ivanović family, leading to the "Maiden's Room" with Empire-style furniture originally in the house. This room is adorned with a miniature built-in "peasant" stove, skillfully detailed in mud plaster.

The last room is the kitchen, with part of an open hearth and a built-in stove from the early 19th century. The exit to the porch leads to the pantry, containing all the small items necessary for running the kitchen.

Under part of the house is a restored cellar with authentic items, where local wines can also be tasted.

In the auxiliary rooms are a barber's shop, a wheelwright's workshop, and a cooper's workshop, as well as exhibits related to agriculture and crafts.

The "Glavaš House" is maintained by the Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Novi Bečej and the Homeland Club of Vranjevo and Novi Bečej residents. Throughout the year, numerous events are organized, including Museum Night, Meetings of the Homeland Club, traditional grape picking and wine pressing, and various thematic exhibitions.

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