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    Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Mar 21, 2015

    There was another church, devoted to the Holy Trinity, during the Ottoman empire, but in 1875, during th ewar for freedom from the Turks, it was destroyed..
    In 1992, after the Communist perios, started to be built.
    The present cathedral was consecrated in the year 2009.

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    Svetislav Milosavljević Statue

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Mar 5, 2015

    It is located in downtown.
    He fought in several wars (the Balkan War and WWI) and became Minister of Transport by the King Alexander I of Yugoslavia. He is very loved, because he constructed several palaces in Banja Luka, apart from other buildings.

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    Youth Center

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 16, 2015

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    In the big building Dom radničke solidarnosti, from the back side of National and University Library is place where is settle Children's Theatre of the Republika Srpska and Youth center.

    Administrative Service of Banja Luka is in 2012 gave official permission of using Youth center to Youth Council of Banja Luka (OSBL), the largest youth organization in Bosnia.
    The Youth Council have a aim to promotes and implements programs for youth concerning contemporary art and culture, education and sports. The program contains all art forms and disciplines: visual arts and multimedia, dance, theater and music. It is place for organized educational programs and a variety of other activities for youth.
    Youth Center also functions as a platform to promote artists, new ideas and initiatives that are in the interest of youth in Banja Luka.

    This cultural center for young people contain: new stereo equipment, gallery, renovation and modernization of facilities and equipment designed for theater and film industry. Today realized over 1000 different programs and projects, and is visited by more than 180 000 young people so that it became the main meeting youth where they can satisfy their needs for culture, education and entertainment. The aim is to be a conduit for local and foreign artists and to linking the diverse cultural scene and thus enriched the city's cultural scene.
    The Youth Center is a cultural institution in the city of Banja Luka.

    NB - From April 2013.Youth Center was officially close until future notice. Still, this location are place where many performance, exhibits and project take place till present.

    Last workshops that I attended here was at the end of September 2014.
    Last event I visit here was Pop art market (Dizajn Buvljak) in February 2015.

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    Sculptures of Banja Luka II

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 16, 2015

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    I found interesting sculptures in front of Museum of Republika Srpska, I mean part of building Dom radničke solidarnosti. It is two wooden sculptures that I think is represents animals: snake and bird. They are semi permanent because they deteriorate under whether condition. Note: today is present only one wooden sculpture - bird.

    I think was legacy of manifestation call International art colony organized by city administration of Banja Luka and partner cities. As part of this cultural event was held art colony "Krupa" 2008 and 2009. All art program was design in 2000 by artistic gallery "Šestić". Facilities are numerous, and the highest value is that all of these artists works leave Banja Luka, transforming this city into the treasury of art works.

    This section of presentation space was now limited because large portion of it now is space with monument dedicated to Stefan Nemanja and nice wide area toward.

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    Monument to Stefan Nemanja

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 16, 2015

    Stefan Nemanja is creator of first Serbian state. He is also father of Saint Sava and first Serbian king Stefan.

    The monument was unrelieved in 2014.

    Interesting is that, regardless importance of Stefan Nemanja and its role in history and culture of Serbia and Balkans this is the only monument dedicated to him not only in Republika Srpska. This is first and only monument to great ruler in the world.

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    Children's Theater RS - Museum of Theatre Puppets

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 16, 2015

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    The museum of Theater Puppets or simple Puppet museum of Children's Theater of the Republika Srpska is the only puppet museum in Southeastern Europe. It located in the same main building as Children's Theater (and many more) call Dom radničke solidarnosti.

    On 300 square meter of exhibition space you can see here more then two hundredth very different puppets used in professional plays. They are mostly located behind glass divided in several section. Next to puppets you can find out more about plays, puppets and date of its premier performance on bilingual plates (Serbian (Cyrillic) and English).

    This museum had both conservatory and education purpose. Museum is officially open for public on 16 April 2013 on 6 pm. This event was part of celebration of Day of Banja Luka (22th April). The first exhibition is signed by producer Dragana Purković Macan and a puppeteer Zoran Bjelošević.

    Museum is open every day from 10 am till 8 pm. It is free of charge for visitors with ticket for theater play.

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    Museum of contemporary art of Republika Srpska

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 12, 2015

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    Museum of contemporary art of Republika Srpska (Serbian Cyrillic: Музеј савремене умјетности Републике Српске, read: Muzej savremene umjetnosti Republike Srpske) is located in the city center near the city's post office. It is located in a building of the former railway station. The building was adapted for this purpose during early 1980th.
    Original was build from 1891-1892 by Austria-Hungarian Government.
    The building itself was build as monumental edifice, with a prominent central entrance and side wings which are richly decorated with a representative portals. Also, it build with arched openings on the ground floor, accented by molded cornices and graceful rhythm of rectangular windows on the first floor, while the passengers side originally had a porch on steel columns with decorative capitals. It is a Neo-Renaissance building. It located to the first square, which is still tied for the Imperial road.

    The museum was established in 1971 after the earthquake that hit the Banja Luka 1969th. It was action of artists across former Yugoslavia and the world who wanted to help the injured area. From the collection of works of art was founded Art Gallery. Due to the size and importance of art in its possession, Government of the Republic of Serbian, 10 February 2004, was renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska.

    As part of the Museum of Contemporary Art of RS are four sections: department for museums collection, department for documentations, department for education and department for exhibits and program activities.

    The holdings of the Museum of Contemporary Art present its 1500 exhibit objects. All that collection are divided into three important collections: the Bosnian-Herzegovinian art, collection of the former Yugoslav territory and collection of world art.

    Since 2006 the museum become a full member of the International Museum Council - ICOM.
    In November 2007 the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina was awarded this museum a status of National Historic Monuments.

    The museum is 3033 m2 large, of which approximately 1000m2 exhibition space. Here we can find: small cabinet for locksmith shop, art storage depot, offices and library with over 5500 books, catalogs and magazines in the field of history and art theory, philosophy and design.

    For museum is extremely important Academy of Arts in Banja Luka establish 1998th, which is part of the Art Department for painting and graphics. There is intensive cooperation between the Museum and the Academy of Arts. Thus there was a category for best student selected by the jury of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
    In the city center, as well as branch offices in the street King Alfonso XIII, there is a showroom for purchase some of the pieces of the most important artists of Banja Luka and the environment.

    Here is also organized and weddings.

    The Museum is open:
    - from Monday till Saturday from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m.
    - In Sunday museum is close.

    Enter to museum is free of charge.

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    Vrbas river - symbol of Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 18, 2015

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    Vrbas river is one of biggest rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    Vrbas River is about 250 km long, with a catchment area approximately 5900 km² and the annual flow is 110 m3/sec.

    The river arises from two sources at the Rabbit Mountain (Serbian Cyrillic: Зец планина, read: Zec planina) (Vranica branch) at an altitude of 1780 m. River Vrbas flows into the Sava River at the mouth of the town call Srbac at a height of 93 m and a total altitude difference of 1687 m. Vrbas river ravines valley, passing through the valley of Uskopje and Jajce, Vinacku gorge, canyon Tijesno, the Banja Luka valley, and the lower part through Lijevče field. Tributaries are: Vrbanja, Pliva, Ugar and others.

    On the river is three major power hydroelectric power plants: Jajce I, Jajce II and Jajce Bochac.
    Vrbas flaws trough (or near by) several towns and 13 municipalities such as: Gornji Vakuf, Bugojno, Donji Vakuf, Jajce, Laktaši, Srbac and Banja Luka.

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    Hotel Palace Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 28, 2014

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    Hotel Palace in Banja Luka is one of their main attraction. It is located on main square in City - Square of Krajina. It was build in 1933. in time of Banja Luka prosperity during the governance of Ban Svetislav Tisa Milosavljević.

    Hotel is today protected as a monument of architectural heritage first category.
    The decades of experience in providing services to the most demanding clientele puts this hotel category of well known hotels in country.
    The hotel has a summer garden, restaurant, pastry shop, a pizzeria, a hairdresser, a night bar and other catering and entertainment facilities. It is nice to rest here. Long time ago when I was play sport when I study in City, my club have a free time here in indoor workout rooms.

    Interesting is that one part of Hotel area is under constructed for many decade now.

    On my last visit to Banja Luka (end of December 2014) I saw that in Royal Plaza restaurant of Hotel is manifestation call "Days of Italian kitchen" (whole December 2014).

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    Banja Luka fortress - Kastel

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 14, 2014

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    Kastel (Serbian: Кастел) is located in the very center and it is a monument to the past, witness of the present and the gift to the future.

    The complex Kastel fortress, historic town of Banja Luka, consists of the area within the fortress walls and spaces outside the walls which are bounded on the west and north along the street Teodor Kolokotronis. To the east is surrounded by the left bank of the river Crkvena from the bridge to its mouth in Vrbas river, and from the south bank of the river Vrbas, to the bridge Patria.
    Ramparts are nine bastions and two drops of the tower within the walls. Within the walls there are several buildings, including the central camp with two towers and a small arsenal, central armory, stone buildings, and several different walls that were dividing and formed some internal spaces.
    Kastel complex cover the space of 74000 square meters, between the walls is 26610 square meters, and the outside walls around is 47300 square meters.

    Numerous documents allow us to greatly consider all phases of the creation and development of fortress. First beginnings of settlement development on the site of Kastel originate from the Paleolithic era as indicated by findings of stone tools and weapons. The location of this settlement, which is still developing through the era of the Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements is characteristic of the Baden culture as it is situated on the raised parts of the Vrbas river terraces.

    A charter from 1525 the precise states fort named CASTELL NOSTRO Bagni LUCA. From some documentation and material evidence it could be conclude that the Banja Luka fortress was built on the site of an older and smaller fortifications after the 1463rd year, as part of the border on the Vrbas in the defense system of the Kingdom of Hungary against Turkey (Jajce was the southernmost point).

    Due to its role in the historical development of Banja Luka and the preservation of its urbanity, the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2004 declared the fortress Kastel as national monument.

    Kastel is still place that define a life in the City. As a place for many cultural events like Neofest it is still symbol of city, symbol of young and urban capital.

    For visitors fortress is open everyday from 8 a.m. till 9 p.m.

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    Christ the Savior Cathedral church

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 6, 2014

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    Christ the Savior Cathedral church (temple) (Serbian Cyrillic: Саборни храм Христа Спаситеља, read: Saborni hram Hrista Spasitelja) is located in the heart of City.

    The church is build between 1925 and 1929.
    In the moment of making decision of building it set deadline for 600 days to build a temple base 22.10 x 19.50 m, with 46 m high tower without a cross and a dome diameter of 6 meters at a height of 22.70 m. Besides the financial trouble, works on temple were completed before the agreed deadline.
    It is destroy during WWII by Croatian "Ustasha" in 1941. After war the smaller church was build near the original place - today Holly Trinity church (Serbian Cyrillic: read: Crkva Svete Trojice) in his memory.
    On the original spot long time it was forbidden to rebuild the church. Long time in that place was monument of fighters of WWII.
    In the early nineties Banja Luka parish received permission to rebuild the destroyed temple, and the monument to the fallen soldiers moved to a nearby site, also owned by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Reconstruction of the temple started in 1993. when foundations were blessed by Serbian Patriarch Pavle with the bishops and priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
    The Church is constructed of red and yellow bricks that were imported from the Middle East. The walls have three major components: stone, reinforced concrete, and brick. The cupolas are covered with golden slaked lime, imported from Siberia.
    It holds (comfortably) between 800 and 1000 worshippers. In this complex is also and shop and cottage where believers can light a candle for their dearest (living and dead).
    In front of secondary entrance (in front of Banski dvori) is two places with remains of original temple destroying 12. April 1941 in bombing by Germans airplanes.

    Worship schedule:
    - Matins 7:30 a.m.
    - Evening 5 p.m. (winter) and 6 p.m. (summer)
    - Vigil on the eve of Sundays and holidays: 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (summer)
    - Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast during week (a calendar marked in red letters - big feasts) 9 p.m.
    - Divine Liturgy (for deceased) - every Saturday and after mention (except holiday - calendar marked in red letters - big feasts) 8 a.m.
    - General memorial service - every Saturday at 11 a.m.
    - Mournful canon of Christ the Savior - Sundays after Liturgy.

    Hram Hrista Spasitelja Christ the Savior Cathedral church Second door
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    Palace of Republika Srpska

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 27, 2014

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    Former mortgage bank (Serbian Cyrillic: Хипотекарна банка, read: Hipotekarna banka) monumental building built in 1936. years, and they have, in addition to elements of Bauhaus, bold and neoclassical elements. In front of building are two bronze figures of peasants, which is flanked by a representative portal, made by Ukrainian sculptor Volodemer Zahorodnjuk (Serbian Cyrillic: Володемар Зехородљук).

    Since the end of 2008 it is known like The Palace of the Republika Srpska (Serbian Cyrillic: Палата Републике Српске). It is residence of President of Republika Srpska.

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    Academy of Sciences and Arts of Republika Srpska

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 27, 2014

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    The Academy of Sciences and Arts of Republika Srpska (Serbian Cyrillic: Академија наукe и умјетности Републике Српске, read: Akademija nauke i umjetnosti Republike Srpske, or simple use abbreviation: АНУРС or ANURS) is highest representative institution in the Republika Srpska of science and art founded in 1996. It has four departments – Department of Social Sciences, Department of Literature and Arts, Department of Natural, Mathematical and Technical Sciences and the Department of Medical Sciences. In this building this institution was placed since March 2011.

    Previous in this building was placed a Philosophy faculty of University of Banja Luka. I was study here.

    Within building there is and gallery. It located on side.

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    Imperial road

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 27, 2014

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    Specific natural and historic complex known as Imperial road (Serbian Cyrillic: Царски друм, read: Carski drum) are area with plane trees, of two connected street in very center of city.

    That is King Petar I Karadjordjevic Street and Mladen Stojanovic Street. Its planting started in 1882. Many prestigious residential buildings are here: old mansions, built during Austria-Hungarian occupation, small railway station (pizzeria today) and many others.

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    Sculptures of Banja Luka I

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 18, 2014

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    Banja Luka is develop in modern city with many cultures sight. There is many of interesting sculptures, statues and monuments in city on river Vrbas.

    One of interesting is located near famous Dom radničke solidarnosti building. It settled on prominent lawn near the part of building where was Children theater of Republika Srpska. Now is still located near the Theater but on other side of building. It is sculpture of one of favorite child book mascot in Former Yugoslavia. It is character call Ježurka Ježić (Serbian Cyrillic: Јежурка Јежић, read: Jezhurka Jezhich). It is main character of book call "Ježeva kućica" (Serbian Cyrillic: Јежева кућица, read: Jezheva kucica). Today, after all this years, the children still liked the story about Ježurka. Ježurka (means hedgehog) speaks about his love for his own home, because nowhere is no place like home. All those who do not love their home end up miserably, as in this story, wolf an wild boar.

    The author of book is Branko Ćopić, and monument dedicated to this famous writer is located in front of entrance to National and universal library of Republika Srpska. This is on the other side of building call Dom radničke solidarnosti.

    Jezurka Jezic
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Banja Luka is political, administrative, universitiy and cultural centre of Republika Srpska. There is lots of places of special intrest which visitors can see and many thing that here can...

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