Synagogue in Subotica, SERBIA

The Synagogue in Subotica was built in 1902, in what was then part of Austro-Hungarian Empire, to designs by Hungarian architects Marcell Komor and Dezsö Jakab. One of the finest surviving examples of Art Nouveau religious architecture, it has a unique concrete and steel structure coupled with decorative detailing from Hungarian Folk Art. Its huge central dome is surrounded by smaller domes on the four corners and there is a rich interior design of gilded plaster stuccoes, wall paintings and stained glass windows. It is acknowledged as a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance.

At the time the Synagogue was built there was a large and prosperous Jewish population of some 3000. After World War II, the Jewish community became too small to sustain a building of this size but nonetheless the building remains of huge importance to the Jewish community locally and internationally.

Synagogue in Subotica, SERBIA

The building was used by the Subotica National Theatre for a number of years but is now empty, with visitor access only one day a week, and its condition has inevitably deteriorated. Over the years a number of grants have enabled various repair works to be undertaken to the building; regrettably not all have been undertaken effectively. As a result the building remains at serious risk and urgently needs a more strategic approach to the re-use of the building as well as a co-ordinated and appropriate programme of repairs both internally and externally.

The nomination for ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ 2014 was made by Europa Nostra Serbia.

Progress Update

Fact Sheet by the European Investment Bank Institute, August 2018 [PDF]


Technical Report by the European Investment Bank Institute, November 2015 [PDF]