The history records that in Beočin, much before 1436. there was the catholic rectory, but beside that we do not have any other information about the rectory. A few centuries later, 1922., one classroom, put in on the left base part of the one floor building, on the west part of workers colony, was made in the chapel for the public use. Although the small belfry was built, the bell has never been put in it. As the school chapel was too small for all the catholic population, on December 14th, 1930., the idea for building the church was supported and for that reason every believer had to sacrifice as much as he can. There was introduced four year lasting voluntary contribution for the believers and collected money was put into the bank. Because of the way the money was collected and thanks to the voluntary work, which included the hill moving, the hill was called “Šoderbanja”, it was possible to dig two meters deep base for the church, it was called the workers church. The base stone for the new church was put on September, 22nd 1940. The church of St. Barbara the Martyr was built according to the project of an engineer Otton Werner, and it was built by the firm of Filip Schmidt from Novi Sad. Until the mid 1942. the nave of the church was built with the sacristy as the addition without the belfry and the hall. The belfry was built during 2007. and 2008. Finally the socialistic building, from outside, got its sacral shape as the church deserves it. The name St. Barbara was not given by chance, as St. Barbara is the protector of the mine workers, and in nearby Vrdnik there is the Catholic church with the same name. The life of St. Barbara takes us back to the III century in Egypt`s Heliopolis (or Nikomedija in Little Asia) where she was born and where she grew up with her father. Because of the fear or jealousy that someone will marry her and took her from him, he ordered building of the protected and very decorated tower. When he travelled away he was locking her there with a very big security. In spite of that, Barbara managed to get some knowledge about the Christianity, and she immediately realized that is the belief of her soul. She ordered that there should be opened one more, the third window, and she was talking that her soul receives light through theses three windows: Father, Son and the Saint Spirit. Father, furious because she accepted the Christianity, gave her to the pagan court which convicted her on a death penalty. The father himself did the punishment with the sword. While he was going home after this awful crime, he fall dead hit by the lightening during the storm. That is how Barbara became the martyr and protector of soldiers, firefighters, artillerymen, those who casts cannons and many other jobs. You can call her in any possibility of accident or fast death, that is why the mine workers hugged her. Her mark is the tower with three windows. She is the only woman Saint who holds the goblet and the wafer and the sword which symbolizes her martyr like death. You can see her wearing the peacocks feather which symbolizes the city she was born in, and where the Phoenix bird rises again.
Address : Beočin