It is a small church constructed in the middle of the 19th century, in 1865. Four wells were dug on a plateau above it. The wells were connected to a pump in the church. The townsmen noticed that the water from the wells has special, healing effects. People who washed their faces with the water felt better. They started praying for the cure or the protection against illness. Soon the sick started coming to the church from other parts of the country, especially for religious holidays. They would wash with the water from the wells, and they called it holy.
VODICE CHURCH is 3 km away from Kikinda, in a hollow below the embankment of the Kikinda Canal. There are the church, the lodging houses and the guard’s house. It’s known as VODICE CHURCH UPON TEKIJE. The term TEKIJE originates from the name for a Muslim dervish monastery (TEKKE). It originates from the times when the Turks were in the Balkans and Turkish caravans rested next to the church. The name remained even when the Turks had left.
It is architecturally interesting and minute. It was constructed on lowers grounds than the wells. Next to it, there are lodging houses dug in the ground so that the sick and the visitors from other regions could spend the night there. The guard’s house is on a plain above the church. It is a low earth rammed house, with characteristics of the oldest type of Pannonian architecture.
Some 3km west of Kikinda is this holy place with a small chapel, a shelter and a keeper's house.
The chapel's just 3.5m long, 2.2m wide and 2.6m high, with a small tower and a bell.
Inside the chapel, there are icons, plaques that tell who and when built it, and a pump.
Liturgy's performed here on 30 July.
Right in front of the house is a lovely garden with some swings, see-saws, benches and big reels turned into tables, where you can have a picnic.
The 1st thing you'll see when you get to Vodice is this carthen house. It was built for the keeper of the chapel who looks after the grounds.
There aren't many like this in Kikinda today, so it's a kind of monument itself.
The chapel, dedicated to Great Martyr Marina, better known as Fiery Mary (Ognjena Marija), was built in 1865 on the place called Valov (trough). The water that drains away from here is believed to have healing power.
In 1895, on the north side of the chapel, people built a shelter for the ill and distressed which still exists. It's 5m long, 3m wide and 2m high.
You can get there by following the Kikinda-Idjoš road. As soon as you cross the bridge over the DTD canal, turn left and go straight, past cottages and fields, until you come to the cross with the 'Vodice' plaque.