Bizantian, Serbian and Orient sound
Favorite thing: I love tradition ethnic music.
Doboj is today famous as city of culture.
Ethno music group "Iva" (Serbian Cyrillic: етно група "Ива") was established in 2003th in Doboj as part of town choir. Today group act as an independent ensemble.
Name of group "Iva" come from the healing grass that grows on Mount Ozren.
Creator and artistic director is prof. Mr Sasa Pavlovic.
Today, the singing group has 15 members.
They perform in several festivals in region. The biggest success they have on music festival in Bijeljina where they won one gold and one silver medal.
Ethno music group "IVA" preserve the traditional Serbian melodies, Serbian spiritual songs in their original form, through modern arrangements in a style known as jazz fusion.
Fondest memory: This year 2014 Ethno music group Iva from Doboj celebrate jubilee of its work. After catastrophic floods in Doboj they are dedicate free concert to its hometown.
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Bosnian Licence Plates
Favorite thing: You can not tell where the car is from if you look at the licence plates. There are two parts of Bosnia: Republic of Srpska and Croatian -Muslim federation. Official alphabet in Republic of Srpska is cyrillic and Latin alphabet in Federation. So the thing is that they are using ONLY the letters that look the same in cyrilllic and in latin alphabet for the licence plates .
Favorite thing: Bosnian official currency is Konvertibilna Marka , or just MARKA ... 1 marka is equal to 1,96 Euro . But you can use euro as well , evrywhere you want , so you mighy not need to change it .
If you look closely to the pic , you ll see two pairs of the same bills , but with different pictures on them. One pic is for the Republic of Srpska , and another is for Croatian -Muslim Federation... you can use them equally .
Favorite thing: This is not exactly the FAVORITE thing , but it is deffinately IMPORTANT thig for people to see, and you can see it all over the town ... Almost on every building, damages ... from war.
Maybe it will heal in time , but maybe they should stay there as a reminder of what war really is The Destruction for all sides that take part in it ...
A view at Doboj
Favorite thing: I love towns panorama. There is several good viewing point over Doboj. Since the most of Doboj is in valley any high building is good start. Then Gavrići hill. The best view is from Gradina fortress. It is nice view on Gradina fortress too!
Fondest memory: I spend whole life here so everything that I wrote would be a very subjective, of course.
It lots a great memories with family and fiends.
I vent to school here and now I work in one of them.
I like a effort that some people put in the things or people that cherish.
Even a sad moments had a breaking trough insight.
What to tell... it is a home.
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Welcome to Doboj
Favorite thing: Doboj is on crossroads to all major roads and it is major transportation hub. It is easily reachable from all parts of Europe. It have regular bus lines to West Europe and rest of Balkans.
The closes airport is Tuzla, Sarajevo and Banja Luka. Doboj is about 3 hours far from Sarajevo, 4,5 hours from Zagreb and about 5-7 hours from Belgrade by regular public transportation.
Doboj is nice place to explore by foot. It is settled in valley surrounded by small mountains and it have four riverbanks that create its shape.
With regular bus service and fair railways lines is connected with other municipality.
Doboj is still (against all odds) multicultural place. This is only town (beside Sarajevo) when you could find many different religious objects. In fact one street connect four main religious monuments. It stretch from end of main road and end on northwest exit of Doboj. Start with Catholic church and end with memorial complex with Orthodox church.
Catholic church is famous Dobojs landmarks.
Next to Catholic church is old Mulalić house. It is example of traditional architecture but is still not reconstructed and open for visitors. Since 2011 is national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Then next interesting object is cities mosque - Tornjak mosque. It have nice white-purple facade and high illuminated minaret. It is located up to hill but it is easily to reach.
In lower part and continuing on street in level of external part of green market and long (mostly empty) artisan building is towns Jewish cultural center and synagogue on upper floor. That is Shalom Bait (meaning: House of peace). It is only synagogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina besides Sarajevo but to contrary to Sarajevo Ashkenazi this is Sephardi synagogue.
Close is and Muslim old Reading Room and that form was popular at the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century.
Now you reach small park and next to it is only remains of cobblestone street. It is one of my favorite spot in town.
Then you could see interesting old and high building with long wooden balcony - that was first hospital in town and now is city archive. Still not easy to enter and not well preserved. In vicinity you will see Sokolski dom (old sport gym) and also in not good condition! Shame!!!
Now you are at foot of long fortress enter and its street and following stairs. At the top you could see old Doboj fortress. It is place you cannot miss. It is not easy to reach by foot. Without touristic service and wide open door it could be seem like tourist trap for people who not so long ago visited fortress when it was famous for its comprehensive touristic services and events. Nevertheless, I love it and it have the best view over town. Across fortress is elegant Selimija or Upper mosque, first mosque in Doboj. Then you follow the street trough part of Čaršija with many houses (new and old, tall and small and ruins and modern buildings). Next is Doboj general hospital "Saint Luca", main regional hospital. From that point the road easy descends and in big tall three shade notice big Medical high school from left side and old park from your right side. Park is nice rest after all this walking but not so nice and touristic friendly. It date back from 1904 and it is one of Austrian-Hungarian legacy to town and it have its better days. At the end you must visit Memorial complex (Orthodox church and memorial cross) dedicate to another its legacy or better to say/write outcome (Doboj prison camp in WWI). Nice footpath lead to tall cross over the church. It is another viewing point.
I suggest to return to city center by following old Imperial road under big old Platan trees. Now is one of important street in town. It lead to Old town in Doboj. That is together with Old fortress National monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. If you follow the road to and from big old Austro-Hungarian railway station (neglected and not touristic friendly and just photo moment) you will end on road that finally lead you to old bus station. From that start point you again reach main street - Saint Sava. In that street visit Ćiro train engine monument. Close is Doboj main park and there is many cafe bars here.
You should treat yourself with cup of coffee or tea or local cuisine for (probably you find it) low prices. You deserve it!
Note: smoking alert - choose outdoor space if the weather conditions allow you.
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Rugby in Doboj
Favorite thing: On Saturday, 19th October 2013 in Doboj was play first rugby match ever held in Doboj. It was 6th match of Championship of Republika Srpska. Match Rugby League White Rabibits (Banja Luka) vs Rudar (Stanari, near Doboj) was held on addition field of FK Sloga (City football Stadion "Luke").
Finally score was 30:4 for Rabbits. Congratulation to Banja Luka team on good play (even I root for our neighbors)!
I know little about this sport and I expected to see a good and rough game and that was exactly happens.
Fondest memory: It was promotion of new sport in Doboj, but it was not many observers here. Still, some of visitors was very interesting for sport including some children and I hope I will have opportunity to write tip "Doboj play Rugby" very soon!
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Welcome to new - old Art gallery
Favorite thing: I liked to visit our Art gallery within Doboj Center for culture and education. I was there at least one time of week. This is place you will learn more about mostly local culture and art. I was here on various lecture, exhibitions, book readings and promotion etc.
Note that all its activity is completely free for visitors.
Fondest memory: In flood from 15 till 18th May 2014 Center for culture and education and connected Art gallery (and many other institutions and building in Doboj) was destroy.
On 18th September 2014 restored Art gallery is officially re-open.
Renewed gallery was symbolically opened with the exhibition, which was scheduled for May 18 2014 and has not been implemented. Fortunately, all this pictures are fully preserved on upper floor. The act of opening itself is a continuation of work this institution that is stopped 4 months ago (from 18th May till 18th September 2014). The exhibition presents collection of 27 best works of award-winning authors with "Golden Palette" award on art colony "Sava" from Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For now Art gallery will be used and by local municipality and its official meetings not only for art and culture.
Big space of Center is still under reconstruction.
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Favorite thing: Paragliding club "ParaGrhost" from Doboj organized paramotors overfly above Doboj (27. June 2012).
This event was part of whole month celebration - official Day of Doboj (28. June or Day of Saint Vitus - Vidovdan).
It start on 2012 and continuing next year. The general idea is that that show become tradition. This year 2014 because of food damage whole manifestation is canceled and there for and Paramotor's day. At the end of show in plateau next to church was hot air balloon presentation and for some lucky ones free fly.
The show held on field behind New Orthodox church. The field itself is not something special. It is prepared for that event to secure enough space for participants. Not many visitors beside they. The fly are seen from every corrner of Doboj and its surrounding. I visit event only in 2012. I hoping to continuing and become tradition.
Fondest memory: It become traditional part of celebration of Day of Doboj municipality (28th June).
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The Best View...
Favorite thing: from the top of the fortress.
Fondest memory: Doboj is small towm , with maybe 50 000 citizens in Bosnia , Republic of Srpska.
It is growing into a modern town, as you can see on pic :)
Favorite thing: You can see those all over the town ...They have flags at the back of the car , so you can see from which country the soldiers are from.
Favorite thing: Opposite from above , new bulidings are growing very fast . As a sign of hope , I wish . Hope for the better future :)
Favorite thing: This is the roof of the Fortress tower . It still has hole from the war on it .
Fondest memory: Again not the foundest memory ... :(