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The Little Orthodox Church (Monastery) in Novi Bečej

The Little Orthodox Church (Monastery) in Novi Bečej

Since 1741, Novi Bečej had a church built from hard materials, which was a rarity in that part of Banat at the time.

Proto-Synod Arsenije Radivojević conducted an inspection of sixty-nine places of the Temišvar Eparchy in 1758. In his report, he mentions that in Novi Bečej there is a church built of bricks with five glass windows; two carpenter's doors with German locks; a vault made of different planks, painted in color; the church floor is brick-paved; covered with fir shingles; the courtyard fenced with stakes. The church had two bells and was dedicated to Saint Nicholas. This description corresponds to the small church - monastery in Novi Bečej.
The confusion arose because the church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, and many believed it referred to the large Orthodox church in Novi Bečej, which was also dedicated to St. Nicholas, especially since the small one (monastery) celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Mata Kosovac and Dr. Šamu Borovski recorded in their books that the large church was built in 1741. Kosovac even explains: "The temple was built in the Byzantine style in 1741 under the reign of Empress Maria Theresa, Patriarch Arsenije IV, and Bishop Putnik. Paja Simić painted the Templo in 1858, and from old books, there is one from 1636." Also, in the Materials for the Study of Cultural Monuments of Vojvodina II, on page 77, it is stated that the church dedicated to St. Nicholas (referring to the large church) was built in 1741.
The report of Proto-Synod Radivojević from 1758 clearly indicates that there was only one church in Novi Bečej. If there were two, he would have mentioned it, as he did in other places where there were two churches, such as Veliki Bečkerek. Especially since the objects of his visitation were churches, followed by schools and other significant aspects of Serbian life.
There is no doubt that the small church (monastery) was built earlier than the large church. The description in Proto-Synod Radivojević's report confirms that it refers to the small church.
An identical description is found for the small church (monastery) two hundred years later in an article by Eng. Arch. Miloje Milošević.
The information that the Orthodox church in Novi Bečej was built in 1741 and dedicated to St. Nicholas refers to the small church. Before it, at this site or in its immediate vicinity, there was a small place of worship built of wattle or adobe in 1731, as confirmed by the antimins that Nikola Dimitrijević consecrated for the church of St. Nicholas in Novi Bečej on November 3, 1733. Later, after the construction of the current small church, this antimins was transferred to that church. It is believed that there was an Orthodox monastery at that location even during the time of the Turks, which is why today's church is called a monastery.

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