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Kikinda

Country
Serbia
State
Vojvodina
City
Kikinda
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Kikinda is a town and a municipality located in Serbia, in the autonomous province of Vojvodina. It is the administrative centre of the North Banat District. The town has 42,000 inhabitants, while the municipality has approximately 67,000 inhabitants.The modern city was founded in 18th century. From 1774 to 1874 Kikinda was the seat of the District of Velika Kikinda, the autonomous administrative unit of Habsburg Monarchy. In 1893 Kikinda was granted the status of a town. The territory of Vojvodina became part of the Kingdom of Serbia in 1918. Kikinda used to be a very strong economic and industrial centre of Serbia and Yugoslavia up until the 1990s. Currently, the industry of Kikinda is in the middle of the transitional economic process.In 1996, the well preserved archeological remnants of a half a million-year-old mammoth were excavated on the outer edge of the town area.The mammoth called "Kika" has become one of the symbols of the town. Today it is exhibited in the National Museum of Kikinda. Other attractions of the city are the Suvaca – a unique horse-powered dry mill, the annual Pumpkin days and the International Symposium of Sculpture "Terra"



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How to Reach

By air

There is also the Kikinda Airport, a sports plane airstrip close to the city. The local flying club organizes lessons in parachuting, aviation and space-modeling. Planes are also flown from this airstrip to spray agricultural fields.

By train

Rail line Banatsko Arandelovo- Kikinda-Romanian border at Jimbolia, part of the former Szeged Timisoara railway is the second oldest railway in present-day Serbia. The city is also connected by rail to Subotica and to Belgrade through Zrenjanin.

By road

Regional roads connect Kikinda with all the neighbouring cities and villages. Buses operate regularly to the surrounding villages and major domestic and some European cities.

By water

The only transport waterway in the municipality is the Danube-Tisa-Danube Canal. There is a dock which is used for industrial transport.
 

Key places to visit
National Museum of Kikinda, The Jovan Popovic, National Theater, Serb Orthodox Holy Trinity, Roman Catholic Church


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Places to Visit

National Museum of Kikinda

National Museum of Kikinda  was built in 1839. The building was at first the city curia and the seat of the District of Velika Kikinda until its abolishment in 1876. In 1946, the National Museum of Kikinda and the City Archive were founded and housed in the building. The Museum boasts of numerous artifacts which are displayed in its four sections: archeological, historical, ethnological and naturalist. As of recently, it also possesses a mammoth skeleton which was excavated on the premises of the "Toza Markovic" brick factory in 1996.

The Jovan Popovic

The Jovan Popovic National Library was founded in 1845 as citaonica Srbska (Serbian Reading Room). It was renamed in 1952 to Jovan Popovic in honor of a prominent poet from Kikinda. Besides serving its primary function of loaning books, the library also organizes literary meetings, book promotions, seminars, lectures, exhibitions, and has published several works.

National Theater

National Theater in Kikinda was founded only 50 years ago, Kikinda has a long theatrical tradition. Kikinda witnessed its first theatrical play in 1796 in German. The first play in Serbian was acted out in 1834. The theater is very popular with the citizens of Kikinda and has a continuous program all year round, including the summer when the stage is moved outside to the garden of the theater

Serb Orthodox Holy Trinity

Serb Orthodox Holy Trinity monastery located in the south end of the city. It was built between 1885 and 1887 as a foundation of Melanija Nikolic-Gajcic.

Roman Catholic Church

The construction of the Roman Catholic Church in Kikinda church was started in 1808 and completed in 1811.According to a popular belief, the treasure of Attila the Hun is buried somewhere on the territory of the municipality of Kikinda.

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