Sunday, December 11, 2016

WELCOME TO BANJA LUKA -REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA

Republika Srpska is a region in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is one of the two semi-autonomous entities that make up the country. It covers 49% of the country’s territory and has approximately 1.5 million inhabitants. The Serbs, Christian Orthodox by religion, had lived for centuries in what is known as Bosnia and Herzegovina.Upon the declaration of Bosnian-Herzegovinian independence and establishment of Republika Srpska, Banja Luka became the de facto center of the entity’s politics. It is the administrative capital and the largest city of Republika Srpska….Click on ALL PHOTOS photos for higher resolution!.....
In 1929 Banja Luka was designated the capital of one of the nine banovinas (administrative regions) of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia-Vrbaska Banovina. In that period the town experienced its heyday. The first ban-governor of the Vrbas Banovina, Svetislav Tisa Milosavljević (1929-1934), commissioned many buildings in the city during his reign. The most significant are: the Ban’s Court and the Ban’s Government, National Theatre, Hotel Palace, Sokolski Dom, City Park, Ethnographic Museum, schools, hospitals, etc…
Gospodska Ulica (Stately Street) is main pedestrian zone in Banja Luka. In the part from the main shopping mall to City Hall, there is lot of shops with very special things. From the City Hall to National Theater of Republic of Srpska you can not count coffee bars, full of young people.....http://www.virtuelklub.com/node/100
Gospodska street-Banja Luka....Click on ALL PHOTOS photos for higher resolution!...
Beautiful Gospodska street of Banja Luka....

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The building of the Assembly of the City of Banja Luka...
Cultural Centre in Banja Luka.Today, Banski Dvor is the cultural centre of Banja Luka or as some locals call it the Temple of Culture. This is the place where concerts, exbitions, theatrical plays and other international cultural artistic manifestations take place...Click on ALL PHOTOS photos for higher resolution!.......
Palace of the Republic of Serbian in Banja Luka....

Administrative center of the Government of RS, Banja Luka....http://www.enterijer-jankovic.co.rs/portfolio/vlada-republike-srpske/

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The construction of Christ the Saviour Cathedral Church, on the foundations of the demolished Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, bombed and destroyed in 1941 has finally fulfilled the eternal desire of the Banja Luka Serbs to have a monumental Orthodox Church at the most beautiful place, in the heart of the town...Click on ALL PHOTOS photos for higher resolution!..
Serbian Orthodox Church of the holy Trinity in Banja Luka ....
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Hotel Bosna-Situated in the centre of Banja Luka, just 100 metres from the main square, Hotel Bosna AD is set in a renovated building. It features 2 restaurants with a terrace, 2 cafes, a night club and several kiosks and boutiques...Click on ALL PHOTOS photos for higher resolution!...
“Palas” Hotel in Banja Luka has been built in 1933, which marked the prosperous period of the town, connected with Ban Svetislav Tisa Milosavljevic and the Vrbas Assembly. By its appearance, style, location in the very heart of the city, as well as by its comfort of the urban hotel, Palas Hotel used to be and today also represents one of the most recognizable hotels of Banja Luka – the town on Vrbas River...
Pizzeria San Remo-Banja Luka...
K4 The Pub-Banja Luka...
Novak/Djokovic/ Cafe Restaurant/Banj Brdo- Banja Luka.....
The most popular Banja Luka picnic ground s can be founded at Banj Brdo located 4 kilometers or 40 minutes of walk from hostel Banja Luka. It is rich with forest, walking and mountaineering tracks, drinking spring water and designated areas for rest and recreation...

Banja Luka's history dates back to ancient times. Although Banja Luka was first mentioned somewhere in the 15th century, there is substantial evidence of a Roman presence in the region during the first few centuries AD. This evidence includes an old fortress (Kastel) in the centre of the city. The area of Banja Luka was wholly in the Roman province of Illyricum, lying on important Roman roads between Dalmatia and Pannonia....VrbasRiver is one of the most beautiful rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Europe thanks to the canyon, the rapids and cascades. Every year Banja Luka and the river Vrbas, host numerous competitions kayak, canoe and rafting. Rafting on the Vrbas is possible during the whole year and the best period is the spring and the summer. Banja Luka is the only city in Europe which offers night rafting! …Click on ALL PHOTOS photos for higher resolution!...
Fortress Kastel is the oldest historical monument in the City of Banja Luka. The oldest traces of settlements on the territory of Banja Luka are the remnants of Neolithic settlement that were exactly found on the territory of the city fortress Kastel. It is found in the central part of the city, which dominates over the left bank of the river Vrbas. In the past Kastel was a strong army fortification and it protected the basin of the river Vrbas from enemy rush. The fortress is surrounded by thick stone walls on all sides, and in its inner part, apart from the summer stage, playground for children and national restaurant, there is the Institute for protection of cultural and natural heritage of the Republic of Srpska that works from 1976.Today Kastel is a monument of the first class and a place where you can experience the spirit of the past time....

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 Vrbas boat is called “Dayak”, a specific boat for the Vrbas river and the city of Banja Luka, as well as the gondola to Venice.Dayak boat is seven meters long and, to make it as easy as possible, is made of the high quality quercus oakdeal and regular rings. The most impressive details are the rudder and tip, which are made of one piece of wood.... ...
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Park Mladen Stojanovic-BANJA LUKA- This is the largest park in the downtown area of Banja Luka and consists of plenty to keep the locals busy, including a number of tennis courts, a cafe and a restaurant. Banja Luka carries the title of green city because of large number of parks and alleys, and it is also called city of youth, sports....
Banjaluka Challenger-Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki/tenth in the world rankings/ in Banja Luka....
The Equestrian Club “Paddock” is situated in Barlovci, not so far from Banja Luka, on a private estate of 6000 m2 in size, in a peaceful and natural ambiance. We are dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of horse-riding sport, human relationship with animals, coexistence with nature and the preservation of natural environment.As part of the club, there are a stable with 9 stalls, horse tack room, dressing room with a shower and a toilette, sand manege (fenced area for training and coaching), the Club premises where you can get refreshment and relax after the training, exchange experience with other riders or simply spend some time far from city crowds as well as inevitable pets of the club...Click on ALL PHOTOS photos for higher resolution!....http://www.kk-paddock.com/eng/index.html
And now the movies:...
Olympic pool in Banja Luka....https://vimeo.com/127001666
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Rafting on Vrbas River, on same track used for World Rafting Championship in 2009. Special atraction is night rafting, unique in this part of world....
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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is Serbian Orthodox Cathedral located in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The church itself is amazing, especially the drawings and decorations inside. The square where the church is located is full of remains of original church and short explanations on the history of building and place. Church rooftop is covered with real gold..........
Banj brdo is best known Banja Luka resort, rich in forest, paths for walking and hiking, water springs etc....................................................................................

Restoran & Lounge bar "Integra", Banja Luka...............................................