This "Great Cross" is situated on one of the central Vrsacs squares. I don't know much about it (should read what is writen on it next time I visit Vrsac) but I suppose that's erected somewhere in late 18th or early 19th century.
Vrsac has well perserved old town with many representative building from 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Most of them don't have historical importance but is very beautifull and represent wellness of former Vrsacs resident.
This kind of windows on the photo (third from the right) is very common for Vrsac and is one of the towns symbols. Most of old houses has at least one of that kind of windows. There is very practical reason for having that windows, you can check what's going on on the both side of street without opening window at all, very practical on cold winter days and also, if you are carefull you could secretly check what your neighbours do.
Jovan Sterija Popovic is the most eminent person born in Vrsac and most beloved son of this town. His expression "Vrsac-lepa varos" (Vrsac, a beautifull town) I took for my title page for this town as well. He was born in 1806 in this town and after studies in Vrsac, Sremski krlovci, timisoara, Budapest and Kazmerek he went back here and spent most of his life in Vrsac.
Jovan Sterija Popovic is undoubtedly one of the most significant figures of Serbian and literature. With good reason he has been given the name “the father of Serbian drama”. His tragedies are great but his comedies are wonderfull. The most famous are "Kir Janja", "Laza i Paralaza", "Rodoljupci" and especially "Pokondirena tikva".
This house on the photo is house where he lived not that one where he was born.
Roman Catholic church of saint Gerhardt was build from 1860 till 1863 in neo-gothic style one the site of one older church dedicated to the same saint. It is three nave basilica in the form of latin cross with two high bell towers on the west. Although this church looks really impresive this is not cathedral church becuase seat of Banats Catholic Bishops is in Zrenjanin some 60 km north-west (see my Zrenjanin page).
The Palace of Eparchy or Bishops Court is seat of Serbian Ortodox Bishops of "serbian" Banat. Why "serbian"? Well, biger part of Banat is part of Romania and there, in Timisoara, is another seat of Serbian Ortodox Bishops together with another Serbian Ortodox cathedral for that "romanian" part of Banat. This Building on the photo was build from 1750. till 1760. and still kept most of its original looks even after several reconstruction in 19th and early 20th century. As any other Bishops Court there is also chapel, library and galery inside. In front of building is small but fine park.
Serbian Ortodox cathedral (Saborna or Nikolajevska crkva) dedicated to St. Nicholas built in classicist style was finish in 1785. Well, as most others classicist churches of Vojvodina there is still evident strong baroque influence. Church has one nave and is richly decorated inside. Unfortunatelly when I was in Vrsac last time (and when I made this photos) church was closed for reconstruction. As you could see on third photo, some windows still missing...
Older part of City Hall actually consist of two houses (Lotics house and Andjelkovics house) built during 18th century in classicist style. Building represent really fine examples of provincial classicism of Habsburgs Monarchy.
The City Hall or Magistrat is one of the landmarks of the town centre and consisting of three buildings. Here on this pictures you could see the newest part of it all, so-called "goticko zdanje" built in 1860. in neo-gothic style. Some people don't like the colour sheme that town government choose for this building but, at my personal opinion, it gives some additional charm to it whole although that brown-redish color is not common for public buildings of the region.
Theatre life has existed here for over 2 centuries. In fact, the 1st performance was staged in 1773, while the National Theatre Sterija, named after the famous dramatist from Vrsac, was opened in 1945.
The Town Library (Gradska biblioteka) was founded in 1877. Its 1st librarian was Felix Mileker (1858-1942), famous historian and archeologist.
The library houses 200,000 books, the oldest being 1 from 1496. There are a lot of other valuable books, most of which once belonged to the most important people from Vrsac.
The Tower of Vrsac is the symbol of the town. It's the 1st thing you'll see when approaching Vrsac.
The Tower stands at the top of the 399m-high hill overlooking the town, and is in fact a remnant of the military-strategic fortress, most probably built in the mid-15th century.
St Gerhard's Roman Catholic Church (Katedrala Svetog Gerharda) is 1 of the most monumental buildings in the town. When you see it, you'll know what I mean.
It was built between 1860 and 1863 on the place of a former church with the same name. The architect was from Vienna.
The church, with its rich decoration and high bell-towers, is as impressive ouside as it is inside. Here you can admire its engraved furniture, wall and altar paintings, glass-windows and sculptures.
St Nicholas Church (Nikolajevska crkva) was built on the site of an older church dedicated to the same Saint. This one was finished in 1785, although its ornaments were completed in 1805. Several well-known artists worked on it - Nikola Neskovic (10 icons), Pavel Djurkovic (iconostasis), Simeon Jaksic, Mihajlo Popovic (wall paintings) and Paja Jovanovic (2 paintings).
One of the most beautiful buildings here is definitely the palace-like Eparchy Court (Vladicanski dvor). Just take a look at its impressive iron gate, and then admire the building itself.
It took 10 years to build the Court, between 1750 and 1760.
The Court houses an important gallery of Bishops' portraits and a rich collection of icons and rare books written in hand.