This article focuses on the case of the synagogue of Subotica, a Serbian city burdened by the rising socioeconomic challenges and emigration. The building was constructed at the peak of industrialization in 1902 by the formerly powerful Jewish minority, when the city was incorporated in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After nearly four decades of neglect and sporadic restoration works, the synagogue in Subotica was finally fully restored in 2018 with the significant external support. Nevertheless, the declining urban context remains a serious threat to the sustainable management of this monument of international significance.
Keywords: Urban decline; identity; heritage management