Banja Luka Things to Do

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    Park Mladen Stojanovic

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2014
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    Park Mladen Stojanović is largest park in Banja Luka. It is the best time to rest and do some recreation or sport on outdoor.

    Park is named after Dr Mladen Stojanović, national hero from WWII. During my study I like to spend time here. It is interesting that even is always full of children and sportsmen it is very peaceful.

    The summer and spring is best time to visit this park but it have a activity all year long. Especially after reconstruction and modernization of park.

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    Sculptures of Banja Luka III - MIR

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 6, 2014
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    One of newest sculptures in City on Vrbas river is sculpture call Mir (Serbian: "Мир", meaning: "Peace"). It assumes to become one of new symbols of Banja Luka.

    Sculpture "Mir" is work of Milivoje Unković. It some kind of industial design and reminds me on a dove with widespread wings ready to fly.

    Sculpture "Mir" is relieved on 21th November 2013. in honor of the 18th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement. The ceremony was opened by the chorus "Banjalučanke" and the ceremony was attended by the famous film director Emir Kusturica and actor Tihomir Stanic Tika.
    The sculpture is a gift to the citizens of Banja Luka and the Serbian NGO "City" and the company "Integra engineering".

    It is one of way to commemorate day that was dedicated to the establishment the peace and new organization of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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    Hotel Palace Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Written Dec 29, 2013
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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.

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    Square of Republika Srpska - see you there

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 22, 2013
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    Square of Republika Srpska is somehow new attraction in Banja Luka. It is located in the new administrative center of the Government of the Republika Srpska. It is between the main street Petar I Karadjordjevic (aka Imperial road) and street of Olympic winner (Ulica olimpijskih pobjednika). It is surrounded by Government building of Republika Srpska and the building of Broadcasting House of Republika Srpska (RTRS). It have a beautiful decorations: nice fountains, pools, bonsai trees, little boxes with classic music, specific benches where you can seat and listen the music. Here in vicinity is Banja Luka City Stadion.

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    Youth Center

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 19, 2013

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    Youth Center

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

    Administrative Service of Banja Luka is in 2012 gave official permission to use 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 Centre is a cultural institution in the city of Banja Luka.

    NB - From April 2013. Youth Centre was close until future notice.

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    Palace of Republika Srpska

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 19, 2013

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    Palace of Republika Srpska

    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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    Children's Theatre of Republika Srpska

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 21, 2013
    Children's Theatre of the Republika Srpska

    In the building Dom radničke solidarnosti, from the back side of National and University Library is placed where is settle Children's Theatre of the Republika Srpska and Youth center.
    That two public organizations share small amphitheater and main corridor.

    Children's Theatre of Republika Srpska from Banja Luka was established on 30 December 1955. year. The first professional ballet and puppet plays Children's theater performed in May and October 1956th year. For the past 50 years of activity in Banja Luka, Serbian Republic Children's theater scene is set at 275 premiere, and the show is watched by more than three million viewers.
    Since 1998 is a frequent guest of the European scene. For his work, The Children's Theatre has won many city, republic and national awards in the former Yugoslavia.
    Since 2002 is the organizer of the International Children's Theatre Festival, which each year brings together theater in ten European countries.
    In this complex is combine a Puppet Museum, exhibition salon and sector for publishing.

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    National & university library of Republika Srpska

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 21, 2013

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    Dom radničke solidarnosti is modern and huge building in is located in Center of city, near Cities main market - Gradska tržnica (Serbian Cyrillic: Градска тржница).

    National and university library of Republika Srpska (Serbian Cyrillic: Национална и универзитетска библиотека Републике Српске, read: Nacionalna i univerzitetska biblioteka Republike Srpske), short NUB, is one of institutions with in.

    National Library trough history:
    - It was establishment on 25th November 1935th. First name was National Library of King Peter I the Great Liberator.
    - On 30 July, 1980 The National Library changed its name and became the National and University Library'' Petar Kočić''.
    - Since 1999 the National and University Library'' Petar Kocic'' by Government of Republika Srpska declared the National and University Library of the Republika Srpska ''Petar Kocic''.
    - Decision of 7 December 1999 it was renamed to National and University Library of the Republika Srpska.

    Within the basic unit of the City Library there are several departments: Informative and loans department, Children's ward Borik with reading room, a branch of library in Obilićevo part of city with a reading room, a branch of library with a reading room in Starčevica part of city, department for Cultural, educational and publishing activities and internet club.

    Here is also a rooms for France cultural club and German.

    It is open for visitors during week from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m., on Sunday from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. It is close on Saturday.

    It has a close parking and elevator for disabled.

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    Imperial road

    by Odiseya Written Oct 8, 2013
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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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    Monument to Ban Milosavljevic

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 8, 2013

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    Ban Milosavljević (1882-1960)
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    Svetislav Milosavljević popular Tisa (Serbian Cyrillic: Светислав Милосављевић Тиса) was first governor ("Ban") of province Vrbaska Banovina within Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians.

    Some informations:
    Ban Milosavljević was born on 7th September 1882 in Niš (Serbia). From October 1905 till 1907 his was educated on High Military Academy. It serve army during two Balkans wars at the beginning of 20th century. During that time he serve as assistant to headquarters of the First Army and it was leader alongside with famous Generals Mišić and Hadžić. For its military accomplishments he awarded with numerous national, French, English, Romanian and Polish medals. He left military service and begins to deal with politics 1927th. On 8th November 1929 he become Governor of Vrbaske Banovine.
    He is initiator of building Banski dvori and, before that, Palace of Ministry of Transport and General Directorate of Railways in Belgrade. He die 1960.

    The first ban Vrbas Banovina Svetislav Tisa Milosavljevic (1929-1934) during his mandate built a large number of objects that should be noted Bans administration and Bans Palace, National theater, Hotel Palace, Sokolski dom, City Park, the Ethnographic Museum, schools, hospitals and other.

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    Holly Trinity Church

    by Odiseya Updated Sep 14, 2013

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    Crkva Svete Trojice
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    Holy Trinity Church (Serbian Cyrillic: Црква Свете тројице, read: Crkva Svete Trojice) is Serb Orthodox church. It was build near the center of Banja Luka like a memory of destroying Chist the Saviour church.
    Believing that the church would never be able to be restored, the Orthodox Serbs built a new church in a new location called The Church of the Holy Trinity and here is up today.

    The church was built in 1963. to 1969. Next to it is a beautiful building Episcopal Palace where the seat of the diocese.

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    See you in Bosnia

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 12, 2013
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    Whole area of center (downtown) of Banja Luka are full of famous touristic attraction and landmarks of modern city. One of them are hotel "Bosnia" (Serbian Cyrilic: Хотел "Босна", read: Hotel "Bosna"). This tip is about famous coffee shop on parterre of this hotel.
    When people in Banja Luka say "See you in Bosnia" that what they meant. This is famous and favorite meeting point. It is great pleasure seat here in the city center and drink coffee (or what you prefer). This is 120 year tradition.

    Hotel "Bosnia" has long tradition. First hotel was build on this spot in 1895. by Brewery from Ljubljana (Slovenia). It was completely destroy in earthquake in 1969. Today is modern hotel.

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    Intercultural meeting point

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 12, 2013

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    Cultural diversity

    Banja Luka is the first city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which opens the club of national minorities

    Association of National Minorities of the Repubika Srpska is association of citizens of the Republika Srpska which voluntarily associate members of national minorities, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Republika Srpska for the exercise of the rights of national minorities under the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Constitution of Republika Srpska, also European Convention on the Protection of National Minorities.

    Persons belonging to national minorities to join the Alliance through their associations or individual to safeguard his identity, national origin, preservation and nurturing of language, culture and religion of the nation they belong to. There is seat of 11 national associations: Czechs, Jewish, Ukrainians, Polish, Italian, Hungarian, Slovenians, Macedonian, Germans, Slovaks and Roma population.

    Alliance will particularly strive for the protection of civil, national and religious rights of national minorities united in the Association.

    During my study in Banja Luka I spend some time here learning Czech language (and in University too) and about their culture. It was the best memories. The association of Czech in Banja Luka call Češka besjeda. It has significant role in establish cooperation between University of Banja Luka and Masaryk University in Brno (South Moravian region in Czech Republic). I attend classes in club here and at University. Thanks to the commitment and knowledge of the Czech language, I got a scholarship for a shorter stay in the Czech Republic.

    The association is organizer many cultural events for promoting cultural diversity of the City. They also organized a free classes for language learning.

    Also, Banja Luka is the only municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has a special department that deals with the issues of national minorities.

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    Christ the Savior Church

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 10, 2013

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    Christ the Savior 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.

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    Monument to fallen soldiers of WWII

    by Odiseya Written Mar 3, 2013
    Monument to fallen soldiers of WWII

    Monument to fallen soldiers of WWII or known as Monument to fallen soldiers of National Liberation Struggle (Serbian Cyrillic: Споменик палим борцима Народно ослободилачке борбе or НОБ, read: Spomenik palim borcima Narodno oslobodilačke borbe or NOB) is located in city center.

    In the middle of the monumental complex is tall memorial wall with a five-pointed star on top. Around the monument ware placed several little monuments that commemorate heroes of WWII from local area.

    An interesting inscription on a monument in the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets: Glory to the fallen fighters for the freedom of their motherland, brotherhood and a better life for our people.

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

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