The coat of arms and the inscription ATTENDITE were placed on the tower of municipal
building upon its completion in1893. The inscription and coat of arms date back
to 1774. when the Empress Maria Theresa founded Velikokikindski Privileged District,
which meant significant economic and political benefits, and liberties for population
Originally Attendite means "guard", and in free translation "take care of what you
have received": After the World War II, it was broken off and removed from the municipal
tower. It was reinstalled in the last century's mid-eighties, at the initiative of
Milorad Giri?, an archaeologists and then director of National Museum of Kikinda.
It was made again in plaster, by referring to authentic photographs, by sculptor
Boris Ivancev - a conservator, then employed at the Regional Institute for Protection
of Cultural Monuments in Novi Sad. Letters ATTENDITE were covered with thin gold
foil "Katherine Gold".
Since then it has been repaired and restored several times. Today it still stands
on municipal tower with a message that never gets old.
Through the already published books of architect Biserka Ilijašev, Kikinda was seen
by an expert eye of an architect who spent her entire worktime with invaluable and
until now largely preserved architectural wealth of this town. Books were written
in the spirit of not only professionals but also citizens of Kikinda. Issued books
and those whose handwriting is waiting for better economic days, make the whole of
the town which is known for its architecture and which has its own identity. They
give plenty of information about the town that was planned and developed so far are
planning to develop. We hope that the authorities of this town, in the difficult
times of global economic crisis, recognized the importance of the cycle of books
issued and planned to issue. Books are artifacts, written words, drawings and photographs,
on which the architectural wealth of Kikinda can be renewed even if you neglect to
be destroyed. They are written for residents, professionals, colleagues and government
representatives about the architectural wealth of the town witch breathes glare of
Europe for more than 2.5 centuries
• a wise and powerful word, profound and well-intentioned, warning and binding;
• a reliable and cautious word, calm and thorough, credible and eternal;
• a caring and convincing word, strong and important, succinct and ???;
• a word actualized by work of persistent, talented and experienced researcher, like
a sign on the path travelled by rare dedicated people of their profession - one of
them being the architect, Biserka Ilijasev.
ATTENDITE is a word that inspired me and compelled me to spend a lot of time turning
over the pages of vocabulary, researching elementary but also wider, meanings and
interpretations, which are based on Latin language and ancient civilization. Most
of today's living languages use the same verb and its forms with identical or very
similar meanings, as in everyday life, as well as in various professional fields,
including the latest, artificially created languages. To me, the most interesting
is its imperative form: Attendite - its meaning, the position in a sentence, and
punctuation determine whether it is a warning, an appeal, request, demand, order,
or cruel command.
ATTENDITE is also an appeal to those who have forgotten their roots - to look around
them and refresh their personal and collective historical memory; it's also a bid:
to save what was inherited from our ancestors, leave it to our descendants, and to
develop awareness of values of the entire cultural heritage in present, with emphasis
on the architecture of the past, because people who don't respect their past - cannot
expect a better future.
BEWARE, GUARD, TAKE CARE, KEEP IN MIND!
Kikinda deserves, expects and DEMANDS it!
Spomenka Milosevic, B. Sc. Eng. Architecture, Senior Conservator,
Kraljevo, Reviewer of the Thematic Journal No. 4 ATTENDITE
Although there are only a few professionals especially urbanists – architects who, in their own town, are awarded a prize for many years of work, THE ANNUAL REWARD of the municipality of Kikinda was awarded to BISERKA ILIJASEVfor the outstanding results in urbanism and architecture, on the 27th of December, 2012.
"BEWARE, BEWARE, TAKE CARE, TAKE IN MIND!" Kikinda deserves, expects and demands it!