KIKINDA – A CITY OF ART, CULTURE AND NATURAL BEAUTY
A visit to this Vojvodina town and its cordial inhabitants will leave a striking impression on you, and natural beauties and cultural wealth will awaken in you the desire to come back to this city again.
Kikinda is a city located in the northern part of the Banat region, 7.5 km from Romanian and 60 km from Hungarian border, with 59,000 inhabitants.
Numerous attractions bring tourists to Kikinda. Among them, one of the most beautiful streets in the world (General Drapšin Street), with 400 trees of common hackberry, silver ash, mulberry and linden trees. Also one of the natural attractions in this town is the Great Kikinda Park or Blandaš, which is under the protection of the Provincial Institute for Nature Protection, as well as Old Lake (Staro Jezero), which is an ideal place for rest and recreation.
In addition to its natural beauty, Kikinda is a city with rich architecture and history. Here, in 1996, a 500,000 years old mammoth skeleton was found in the Toza Markovic company clay pit. The skeleton is now in the Kikinda National Museum. The National Museum was founded in 1946 and consists of six departments: archaeological, ethnological, historical, naturalistic, artistic and pedagogical. The Terra Gallery represents a unique facility with exhibition of sculptures in terracotta. The collection now has over 1,000 sculptures. The gallery was opened in 1982 and various program activities are taking place throughout the year.
In this city there is one of the two remaining horse powered dry mills in Europe. Namely, this mill (Serbian: Suvača) dates from 1899 and as such represents the special feature of this city. There are many churches in the city, the Cultural Center, the National Theater, the Library. Also located here is the oldest academic cultural and artistic association in the entire Serbian nation called “Gusle” and founded in 1876, while the first music magazine in Serbia was published in 1887 in Kikinda titled “Gudalo”. Kikinda is famous for its large number of eale-owls inhabited in numerous tree trunks.
What distinguishes Kikinda from other cities is certainly the Ludaja Days, traditionally held every year in this city. This is an event that has gained great popularity, of cultural and entertainment character, and is held every year in October. The settlements belonging to the Kikinda municipality also attract attention by numerous events thez host as well as by their natural beauties. Thus, Mokrin is known for the world gander championship, as well as the world championship in egg tapping. This place is also known for being the hometown of Miroslav Mika Antić, a famous Serbian poet, screenwriter, director, as well as Raša Popov, a writer, publicist, journalist.