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    Imperial house (Archive of Republika Srpska)

    by Odiseya Written Mar 3, 2013
    Archive of Republika Srpska

    The Archive of Republika Srpska is Republic administrative organization within the Ministry of Education and Culture.
    It is located in one of the first major buildings, which were built by Austria's military command building. The people became known as the imperial house, as exemplified by the power of the Austrian Empire.
    The main purpose of this building usual was to serve as military barrack, and since 1974 it was used as an archive, first named as Archive of Bosanska Krajina.
    It is interesting that this is a building that was longest used by the public in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is more than 120 years in a function of state government.
    Working hours are from 8 p.m. till 4 a.m
    Reading-room working hours are from 9 p.m. till 2 a.m. every day (except on Saturdays and Sundays)

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    National Theater of Republika Srpska

    by Odiseya Written Mar 3, 2013
    National Theater of Republika Srpska

    National Theater of Republika Srpska (Serbian Cyrillic: Народно позориште Републике Српске, read: Narodno pozorište Republike Srpske) is oldest theater in Banja Luka and second in country (after Theater in Sarajevo).

    Some interesting information about Theater:
    The Theater was official open from 18th October 1930 by decision of Royal local government of province call Vrbaska banovina in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians with governor Svetislav Tisa Milosavljević (from 2. September 1930).
    At the official opening premiere was played three one-act plays were with patriotic Yugoslav character: Haji Loja by Branislav Nušić, Hey Slavs ba Risto Odavić and Back by Budimir Švabić.
    Trough his history (as many institution here) was changing his name several time since its foundation. Original name was - The National Theater of Vrbaska banovina and present name is from 1999.
    First location of Theater was renovated building of Rudović family and in this building named "House of King Peter I the Liberator" is from 1934.
    Author was engineer Josif Goldner and it was build from August 1933 till September 1934. Theater building from 1934 contain certain elements of Bauhaus style, while retaining some features of neoclassicism.
    The first major renovations done in 1959. year, was designed by Vladimir Dobrović, when the scene is technically modernized and room interiors and generally rearranged. According to the project Vjenčeslav Rihter, after the catastrophic earthquake which struck Banja Luka 1969th was performed as the second major reconstruction. During adaptation 2004th was made modern theater scene call "Petar Kocic" with 77 seats.
    This is one of two professional Theater in Republika Srpska (besides of Children Theater of Republika Srpska).

    The plays are performed almost daily, and tickets are always sold out. One of the largest and certainly the most visited cultural events here is The Theater Fest, which is held every year with the participation of many national and international actors ensembles.

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    Sculptures of Banja Luka I

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 15, 2013

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    Jezurka Jezic

    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 cal 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.

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    Museum of Republika Srpska

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    Museum of Republika Srpska (Serbian Cyrillic: Музеј Републике Српске, read: Muzej Republike Srpske) is another major institution that is located in one part of famous building named Dom radnicke solidarnosti since 1982.

    This is one of many legacy that ban Svetislav Tisa Milosavljević left to Banja Luka. It founded in 26th September 1930 according to order king Aleksandar Karađorđević (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Карађорђевић). As many institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina and this one was changing its name many times since its foundation. First was Museum of Vrbas Banovina (Banovina - a regional unit in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia). Present name held from 14th November 1992 according to decision of the Government of the Republika Srpska. It was official declare as central institution for protection of movable cultural property of Republika Srpska.

    The Museum of the Republika Srpska operate within several departments:
    1. Center for the material culture and art (divided into several sections for: archeology, history, ethnology and ethnography, history of art and department of science),
    2. Documentation center with a library, photo labs and archive documents,
    3. The Center for conservation and restoration,
    4. The Center for education and
    5. The Department of general services

    From the total area in which the museum is located (3648,41 m2), permanent exhibit occupies the space of 1561 m2. In his collection of the museum keeps about 35000 exhibits a specialized museum library has 14000 books.

    Next to the Museum is permanent exhibition in outdoor of heavy armor and train engines.

    The official site of Museum offers virtual tour.
    This building was open for visitors every day from 8 am till 8 pm.

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    Sports hall "Obilicevo" - cultural part

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Sport hall Obilicevo is "home" and for many cultural institution and organization.
    The complex settled a branch of the National University Library of the Republika Srpska "Petar Kocic" with a rich fund of books and literature.

    There is also and American corner. American Corner is some sort of cultural club. There is small library created to make information available through the collaboration between the United States and contributed to the spread between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United States. They organized many interesting programs and events, including: presentations, seminars and lectures of famous Americans, exhibitions, corner for English, hours of English language (conversation, discussion, debate), projections of current movies and documentary film. It is little known to the general public that there is a large stock of books in Czech. I do not know how it got there. At the time when I was a student I learn Czech language at Faculty of Philosophy and attended classes of Czech language at the association of Czech minority call "Češka besjeda" (mean: Czech speech) there were the biggest collection of books in the City.

    As I write about this as cultural part of hall - there is also and City theater "Jazavac" (I write about it in separate tip).

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    Dis -The Youth Theater

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Dis -The Youth Theater

    I continuing with my saga about my favorite building in Banja Luka - Dom radnicke solidarnosti.
    Next topic is another youth theater group call Dis -The Youth Theater!

    Some interesting information:
    Dis was officially establish in 1991. The main aim is preserving and developing theatrical culture.
    Dis - Theater offers various performances for all generations and so call alternative program which include forms of non-verbal theater, ambient and theatrical spectacles and video performance. Other activity was: education (acting schools, drama workshops, playgroups), the psycho-social workshops (with the use of drama therapy experience, doll therapy, educational theater, theater of the oppressed techniques, etc.) There are founders and organizers International Festival "Kastel-fest" in '98, '99 and 2000. As well as International Festival of Theatre provocation IF 2003. Besides that they are executive organizers of Festival of Republic of Srpska Youth Theatres. They were participants of international scientific and artistic projects: "Myth as destiny", "Balkan Network" as well as members of the association IAES, SEEYC.

    The ensemble consists of young theater actors, art academies students, and young talents from nine to thirty years of age.

    You can reserved tickets by e-mail. Tickets can be picked up at the Youth Center of Banja Luka later than 20 minutes before the show (the tickets are released for free sale after that).

    The ticket price is 3 KM and in that price you get beverages in Cafeteria of the Youth Center of Banja Luka (worth 1 KM).

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    Explore what center can offer you

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Shoping area in the center I
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    Banja Luka is know as city of youth, especially for women.
    There is a lot of cafes, shops and restaurants. One of this places is and old-fashioned center "Veselin Maslesa", build in 1978.
    Especially all that you can find in the city center, but somehow hidden at first sight.

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    Go under square of Krayina

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Under square of Krayina

    Under square of Krayina in the center Banja Luka is build a underground space. Here is placed a famous modern multiplex call Palas, former cinema Kozara. This is a first multiplex in Republika Srpska and in whole Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is officially open on 1. September 2000.
    The owner is a company call "Oscar movie" Ltd. the company for the production, distribution and exhibition of films.
    He is modernized from 8. October 2008 and from 17th December 2009 this is became the first 3D multiplex in these areas. Film "three-dimensional revolution" in Banja Luka started with movie "Avatar" director James Cameron.
    Since April 2012th all cinema rooms are digitized. Audience movies can follow through the eye of a natural colorless glass, and the projects themselves are digital, high-definition.
    Today multiple Palas has 676 seats, arranged in four rooms equipped with comfortable chairs and the latest technical devices to project images and superior digital stereo surround sound (Dolby digital system) with air-conditioned.
    In the lobby of the multiplex there are various interesting activities for visitors such as: Cinema cafe, billiard halls with entertaining games.

    Prices:
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday to 16:30 am and from 22:30 is 3BAM; 16:30 to 18:30 and 21:30 to 22:30 4BAM and 18:30 to 21:30 5BAM.
    Monday, Tuesday to 18:30 and from 21:30 3BAM; 18:30 to 21:30 4BAM
    Wednesday all day is 3BAM.
    Allowance for 3D projection is 2BAM.

    DISCOUNTS
    - Children's Birthdays - 30% off
    - ISIC Student Card - 25% discount on Mondays
    - Group discounts - in a regular term discount on group visits.
    - Extraordinary screenings - all interested schools, businesses and organizations is organizing early screenings every working day in the morning.

    Besides that, under square of Krayina you can find a modern and big market call C MARKET, more info on www.cmarket.rs.ba.

    Also, various other little shops.

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    Twelve babies monument

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Life

    Twelve babies monument is located in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska. The monument was unveiled on 22. Deceber 2008 to commemorate the death of 12 babies Banja Luka, in honor of Banja Luka 12 babies who have died due to lack of oxygen in the spring 1992nd year. The sculpture, called "Life", author is conceptual design of Maya Milic-Aleksic, was revealed by the brothers and sisters of newborns which, as the poet Radovan Piljak said, "When they were born, the days were numbered."

    Banja Luka babies, mostly premature, were died in May and June 1992, because the Clinical Center of Banja Luka had no oxygen and drugs that keep them alive. Banja Luka and Krajina at that time were cut off from the world for the Croatian and Boshnaks units held Posavina and controlled all roads to Serbia. Decision of the UN Security Council were banned airline flights. International humanitarian organizations and the United Nations have don't positively response to all appeals to allow the aircraft that is with bottled oxygen at Belgrade airport waiting to fly to Banja Luka. Of the 14 babies whose oxygen was necessary, two survived. One of them, Sladjana Kobas from Prijedor, the 13th baby, died 9. February 2006, and the other, boy - permanently disabled - live today.
    Died six boys and seven girls till today.
    Only 10 days after the 12th baby died during military action call "corridor of life" army of Republika Srpska was enabled the connection of Banja Luka with Serbia via Posavina valley.

    This year (2012) it was organized on 20. May to commemorate this day. In the city's central park "Petar Kocic" was lighted as a 12,000 candle memorial for 12 Banja Luka's baby.

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    City park Petar Kocic

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Relaxing in park

    Central City Park, also known as a park by the monument of Petar Kocic people's tribune who is in it. Lots of young people and families throng to the place take rest here, before either catching the bus home or carrying on with their shopping or nocturnal frolics.

    This is a city central park and it was prepared in the style of French parks with the pavilion for music performance and fountain. A glass building situated within the domains of Banja Luka's central park "Petar Kocic". The music pavilion it also frequently used for educational purposes such as special workshops and lectures. The facility also provides a space for business conferences and regular tournaments such as chess. A cafe is located on the bottom floor with a view of the whole park.

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    Monument clock

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Date of earthquake in Banja Luka (27.10.1969.)
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    Situated in the center of center of city is modern cloak, stands as reminder of devastating earthquake that change Banja Luka. It is only monument- with date. Original is somewhere on periphery of city, as I heard.
    The most difficult moment in the recent history of the city was recorded at this hour in the city center when it was a devastating earthquake. It is about 8 on the MCS or 6 on Richter scale.
    He began unusually strong "previous stroke," the night of 26 October at 2:55 pm; feeding the continued until 8:53 pm when it was time for Banja Luka stop. Earthquake in 1969 devastated whole city. In that catastrophe 15 citizens was killed, and a 1117 people were heavier and slightly injured. Material damage was tremendous. Completely destroyed 86 000 flats. Great damage inflicted by the school (266), culture (146), health (133), social and administrative structures of public administration (152). The economy has suffered significant losses. All companies are doing the next period with a significantly reduced capacity and some are closed. City of youth for the first time left without her. Youth completing the school year in various parts of the former Yugoslavia. Starts accelerating reconstruction and rehabilitation of devastated buildings, urban infrastructure is renewed and begins rapid urbanization from witch Banja Luka gets its distinctive look.

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    Banja Luka streets - Jewish street

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Jevrejska ulica
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    Jewish street (Serbian Cyrillic: Јеврејска улица, read: Jevrejska ulica) is famous street in city center. It representative by its unique contemporary architecture design. Today modern complex of places for entertainment, culture and relax and its numerous offices, shops and cafe bars has its secret past.
    Before devastated in WWI and especially during WWII and earthquake in 1969th Banja Luka have a active Jewish community and many cultural buildings. One of three Jewish synagogues was build here, 1937 with other older temple. Jewish cultural center with a synagogue consisted of heder (Jewish elementary school), library, town hall ceremonial hall, reception lounges, several municipal offices and apartment for the rabbi.
    During WWII 85% of Jewish population of Banja Luka was murder and its property devastated and confiscated.
    In memory for presence of Jewish cultural heritage this street was named Jevrejska ulica or Jewish street.

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    Landmarks of modern city

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    Central Office of the ITA

    Central Office of the Indirect Taxation Authority is located in Banja Luka, near city center.
    ITA is the only organ in Bosnia and Herzegovina is responsible for the implementation of legislation and policies of indirect taxation and the collection and distribution of revenue from indirect taxes.
    Under its authority is collected and all indirect taxes in BiH: value added tax, customs, excise, and tolls.
    In basement of this modern building are located various cafe bars.

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    Sculptures of Banja Luka II

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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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.
    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.

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    Academy of Sciences and Arts of Republika Srpska

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    Academy of Sciences and Arts of Republika Srpska

    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.

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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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