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The Snowy Virgin Mary Church was built as a commemoration to the victory of Austrian army in the battle against the Turkish army in 1716. Formerly on the same place there was a small chapel without a steeple, which was demolished by the Turks during the XVI century, and on the same place they built a wooden mosque with minaret and residence for dervishes. So they called it Tekija, which in Arabic means resting place. In 1687, friars changed it into Christian, Catholic church. Present church was build in 1881, with two Gothic steeples, with three altars in three Christian variants, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. On the back dome there are both, cross and half-moon.

Legend says that an unusual event helped the Austrian forces. On the morning of August 5th 1716, the whole of Petrovaradin and its vicinity was covered in snow. This was considered by Prince Eugene as a blessing. After the war, a church commemorating this event was built on Tekije, on the hill over battlefield, and is dedicated to Our Lady of Tekije, also known as Snowy Mary.

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