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  • Alley of platan tree
    Alley of platan tree
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    Panorama of City from Banj brdo
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    The Ottoman's palace

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Turska kuca

    Favorite thing: As far as I know this is the only remaining palace from the Otoman's period of Banja Luka. It is situated in the heart of the city, on the bank of the river Vrbas and opposite to the Kastel. Unfortunately, the palace is in a very bad conditions now.

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    The Episcopal Court

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    The Episcopal Court

    Favorite thing: The Episcopal Court is situated opposite to the church and makes untilled complex with it.
    Banja Luka is multiconfesional town, right next to the ortodhox church there is catholic church. During the war, 1992-1995, the mosque was pulled down. The empty space and few left stones reminds on it nowadays. Too bad because it was one of the oldest and very attractive sights of the town.

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    Kastel

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Kastel

    Favorite thing: Kastel (the castle) is situated in the heart of Banja Luka, built in roman times first(Castellum), it was later fortified by the Ottomans during their occupation of the town and Bosnia aswell. It is the main attraction of the city and its oldest historic sight.

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    The Orthodox church

    by croisbeauty Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    Crkva Svete Trojice

    Favorite thing: When visiting town of Banja Luka, the orthodox church of Svete Trojice is a must see. It is situated in the middle of the town's park, just a foot from the bank of the river Vrbas. Architectualy, it reminds alot on Serbian monasteries, such as Ravanica, Manasija etc.

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    The Orthodox church

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Crkva sv. Cirila i Metoda

    Favorite thing: See the main entrance into the church of St. Ciril and Method. The bell-tower stands next to the church but it is connected to it by the kind of arch. The whole complex is beautifuly coloured by red and yellow stripes and it makes is very attractive.

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    by craic Written May 16, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Banja Luka is in the Republic of Serbska within Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is no visible border - but the road signs suddenly become cyrillic. And the graffiti.
    From what I saw of it it seems prosperous and undamaged.
    For instance, I saw a United Colours of Bennetton shop in a charming winding street of shops - and that franchise doesn't open shops where they don't confidently expect sales.
    The sunshine was warm, the air, like everywhere in B & H, was crisp and clean.
    The meal I had in a wonderful restaurant under the walls of the old castle? fort? - was truly excellent. And the wine. I'm not sure if it was expensive - I was being paid for - but it was really tasty. And the wait staff were most pleasant.
    We left at midnight and the city streets were relatively quiet - but it seemed very safe. Just enough traffic around so you didn't get the wind up - but no drunken gangs of youths, or seedy looking characters lurking about.
    The whole town was very very clean and spruce.

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    City of alleys

    by Odiseya Updated Sep 14, 2013

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    Favorite thing: On new location of University of Banja Luka, poplar call "Campus", you can enjoy in long walking trough official monument of nature call "Alley of plane trees". Provides an avenue of plane trees from the main gate of the campus to the Rectory building in an east-west length of 270 we make it 81 tree. trees are located on both sides of the pedestrian crossing and two rows. Trees are over a hundred years old and under the protection of the state.

    Thank to students of Agriculture and related faculty, every three in campus have a small plaque on it with name of three on Latin and Serbian language.

    Fondest memory: I study in this campus and often relax by walking trough this alley.

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    City of greenery

    by Odiseya Written Sep 14, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Banja Luka was located in beautiful valley of Vrbas river and surrounded by many hills and mountain. Even new modernization of City dint "spoil" connection between City and nature.

    Banja Luka is now known by a number of green spaces (several parks and their numerous alleys), which is reason why is known as "City of greenery". The most common city tree is wild chestnut, linden tree, plane trees, spruce and many types of ornamental wood.
    But tidy avenues are little more than a century character of Banja Luka. With Austrian-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka change his look. With idea and great energy by FM St. Freiherr von Joelsen, division commandant in the early eighties (1880) start to grow first official avenue of Banja Luka. By his order on both sides of the wide road with wide and deep ditches and wild fruit trees, planted seedlings, mostly lime from nearby Kozara mountain. At first, the new seedlings had to keep soldiers, since some dissenters, the removal of fruit trees, broken up seedlings.
    This was on road on the part of the building of the Archives of Bosnian Krajina, to tank Military Academy "Petar Drapšin". This first line tree avenue (Alley of duke Živojin Mišić - Serbian general and national hero from WWI or Alley of Yugoslavian Army - JNA) is inspire others and city change his appearance. Even today is present alley trough main street (former "Imperial road").

    Fondest memory: I like exploring Banja Luka by foot and alleys are my favorite walking route.

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    Panorama of Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    Panorama of City from Banj brdo

    Favorite thing: Banja Luka is located in a vast valley that on his way to the north crosses the river Vrbas. It is surrounded by gentle hills and knolls that passers offer magnificent views of the city. The most recognizable panoramic postcard is it that the human eye sees from the highest point of the hill mans.

    Fondest memory: But if put a little effort and climb the hill to the other, the experience is no less beautiful. Let see what kind of "look" Banja Luka have from Banj brdo (hill)?! Walk with me and found out! Or see my photos...

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    City of youth

    by Odiseya Written Dec 21, 2013
    University of Banja Luka
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    Favorite thing: Banja Luka as second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as largest city and administrative centre and official capital of Republika Srpska entity, have a many potential in any kind of sense.

    First of all, Banja Luka is a university city. In the city on the Vrbas students from all over the country and abroad. Public University of Banja Luka consisted of 16 faculty and 52 study programs. At public universities is estimate to educate about 17000 students.
    University encompasses the three, the most significant development of science units: University Computing Center, University entrepreneurship center and the Institute for Genetic Resources. At universities there are very active student organizations and student parliament.

    Fondest memory: I was study here and have a good memories. I also attended a University entrepreneurship center in 2009.

    Banja Luka have a several facilities across the City. Two major is across city bridge Venice (original name Venecija) where is old dormitory named "Nikola Tesla" and University campus call "Students city" (original name "Studentski grad") on the location on former military campus.

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    City of woman

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 21, 2013
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    Favorite thing: There is a still very active urban legend about Banja Luka as city of woman.
    Girls in Banja Luka are dominate on cities pedestrian zone and numerous alleys. There are is fame of the city around the world and there are, according to legend, seven times more than men. Still it is disputable, but I think that definitely is more girls on university.

    Many people can say: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and I think is truth. Regardless you find a acceptable any urban myths even epithets of Banja Luka as "City of women" and "City of pretty girls", touristic organization of Banja Luka and some entrepreneurs make that idea about created new city brand very possible. Till then, will keep speculated.

    Fondest memory: I found it that some legends and statue in Banja Luka make that brand existed like legend of Safikada or even small interesting statue on main road next to the Hotel "Bosnia".
    Beautiful sculpture named "Mother and child" in front of company "Elektrokrajina", even in shade of big tree attract attention. On plaque beneath the statue there is a inscription on Cyrillic. I will write on Latin and translate and add a photo so you can see a original:
    "Majka i dijete
    Simbol ljubavi i mira
    Posvećeno svim majkama.

    "Mother and child
    Symbol of love and peace
    Dedicated to all mothers"

    Author is academic Jovan Soldatović (1920-2005) and it is a gift to company "Elektrokrajina" from Foundation Petar Kočić Banja Luka and Belgrade 13th November 2008.

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    City on Vrbas river

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 21, 2013
    Vrbas

    Favorite thing: Vrbas river is symbol of Banja Luka and Banja Luka is biggest city on river Vrbas.
    Vrbas is beautiful, usually green, river that flow forcefully and fearlessly and yet so gentle and carefully flow into Banja Luka valley.
    It was a inspiration for many poets and musician. Famous for its beautiful, hydro potential and possibility for adventures water sports.

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    City of culture

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 4, 2014
    Museum of Conterporary Art RS
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    Favorite thing: Banja Luka is a official capital of Republika Srpska and it has a extensively cultural offers and many cultural manifestations with long tradition.

    Fondest memory: I like to visit Museum of contemporary art of Republika Srpska. The last exhibit I visit is actually the performance of my school friend Mladen Miljanović. It call it "Vrt uživanja" (original name) that means "Garden of pleasure". The project "Garden of enjoyment" produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 55th Venice Biennale from 30 May 24th November 2013.

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    Banja Luka recently celebrated...

    by JELENA_V Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Banja Luka recently celebrated 400 years of it's existance...very interesting history as all places in Balkan...

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    Population are mostly...

    by JELENA_V Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Population are mostly Serbian,and I have to say tht my grandfather was born in a village near Banja luka,actually my forefathers were from there originally

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Banja Luka carrie many attributes:

  • Krajina beauty 
  • City on Vrbas river 
  • City of youth
  • City of pretty girls
  • City of greenery

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