Ruski Krstur

Ruski Krstur (Serbian Cyrillic: Руски Крстур, Rusyn: Руски Керестур) is a village in Vojvodina, Serbia. It is located in the municipality of Kula, West Bačka District. The village has a Rusyn ethnic majority. Its population numbered 5,213 in the 2002 census. Ruski Krstur is the cultural centre of the Rusyns in Serbia. The number of Rusyns in Ruski Krstur is in constant decline as many of them have moved out to Canada concentrating in the town of North Battleford, Saskatchewan .[1]
The village is the seat of the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Ruski Krstur, part of the wider Greek Catholic Church of Croatia and Serbia.

Ruski Krstur

Руски Крстур (Serbian)
Руски Керестур (Rusyn)
Ruski Krstur is located in Serbia
Ruski Krstur
Ruski Krstur
Coordinates: 45°34′N 19°25′E / 45.567°N 19.417°E / 45.567; 19.417
Country Serbia
Province Vojvodina
DistrictWest Bačka
 • Total5,213
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
The Uniate cathedral.


Its name means "the Rusyn Krstur" (There is also a village called Srpski Krstur, meaning "the Serb Krstur", in Vojvodina).

The name "Krstur" itself derived from Slavic word krst (крст) ("cross" in English). The Hungarian name for the village derived from the Hungarian word "kereszt", which also means "cross" in English. The first written record of Ruski Krstur was made during the administration of the Kingdom of Hungary in 1410 and then in 1452, mentioning it under name Kerezthwr.

In Hungarian the village is known as Bácskeresztúr; in Slovak as Ruský Kеrеstur; and in Croatian as Ruski Krstur, in Rusyn Руськый Керестур.

Ethnic groupsEdit


According to the 1971 census, ethnic Rusyns comprised 99.45% of population of the village.


According to the 2002 census, the population of the village include:

Historical populationEdit

  • 1948: 5,874
  • 1953: 6,115
  • 1961: 5,873
  • 1971: 5,960
  • 1981: 5,826
  • 1991: 5,636
  • 2002: 5,213


There is an initiative among inhabitants of Ruski Krstur that this settlement become its own municipality completely separate from Kula.

See alsoEdit


  • Slobodan Ćurčić, Broj stanovnika Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 1996.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 45°34′N 19°25′E / 45.567°N 19.417°E / 45.567; 19.417