Prayer Book of the Armenian Church
The largest number of books in the Armenian Church was printed in the Mekhitarist Monastery of Vienna, which provides excellent value to preserved library fund . The priests of the temple in Novi Sad, received numerous editions in German and Armenian language in the field of theology, linguistics, history and law, established during the first half of the 19th to mid-20th century directly from its parent monastery. Exhibit is part of the exhibition "Armenian Church in Novi Sad - deleted heritage," the authors Ljiljana Lazic, art historians and museum counselor.
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In October 1963, in Novi Sad, church of St. George the Illuminator was demolished, popularly called the Armenian Church. For more than two centuries, this temple has witnessed the efforts of its believers and priests to build, maintain, restore and preserve it. Unfortunately, in the decades after World War II, it shared the fate of the Armenians vanished in Novi Sad.
Demolition of the Armenian church is a an indelible error in the post-war urban planning of Novi Sad. Part of the old center of the city, whose urban matrix that was established in the early 18th century, has been sacrificed to modern architecture and the new junction. In the clash of old and new, the church was described as "worthless architectural work," whose existence is not necessary. Generations citizens of Novi Sad are so deprived of part of the heritage, unique in its cultural, religious and architectural significance.
An extensive archival, documentary and photographic material, which reveals all the circumstances that led to the tragic and unnecessary demolition and the life last years of the existence of the Armenian Church and its small community has survived. Part of the precious legacy of the church is now housed in the Museum of the City of Novi Sad and, after half a century, testifies to the former appearance of the Church of Sv. George the Illuminator.