Top Historic Sights in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a Serbian Orthodox church located in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A Holy Trinity Church was built during interwar Yugoslavia in the center of Banja Luka. The construction of the temple lasted from 1925 to 1929, and was solemnly consecrated on the Day of Salvation in 1939. During the German bombing on April 12, 1941, the temple was hit and the altar section (apse) was signif ...
Founded: 1929/2004 | Location: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kastel Fortress

The Kastel Fortress in Banja Luka is medieval but is situated on the site of previous fortifications going all the way back to Roman and even pre-Roman times. The fortress is relatively well-preserved, and is one of Banja Luka's main attractions, situated on the left bank of the Vrbas river in the very center of town.  The site has been fortified since Roman times, but the current walls and architecture were made mainly ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ferhat Pasha Mosque

Ferhat Pasha Mosque in the city of Banja Luka s one of the greatest achievements of Bosnia and Herzegovina"s 16th century Ottoman Islamic architecture. The mosque was demolished in 1993 at the order of the authorities of Republika Srpska as a part of ethnic cleansing campaign, and was rebuilt and opened in 2016. Commissioned by the Bosnian Sanjak-bey Ferhad Pasha Sokolović, the mosque was built in 1579 with money t ...
Founded: 1579/2016 | Location: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Banj Brdo

Banj brdo (before known as Šehitluci) is a 431 meter hill as well as tourist and recreation place in Banja Luka, part of the Bjeljavina mountain. On top of the hill stands the Monument to fallen Krajina soldiers, a work of Antun Augustinčić and dedicated to the dead soldiers of the People Liberation War during the Second World War in Bosanska Krajina. It is possible to see the whole city of Banja Luka from this plac ...
Founded: 1961 | Location: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mariastern Abbey

Mariastern Abbey is a Trappist abbey in Bosnia and Herzegovina, situated near the country"s second largest city Banja Luka. It was founded in 1869 by trappist Franz Pfanner. It consists of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1873) and the monastery of Trappist monks. It is the only Trappist monastery in Southeastern Europe. At the beginning of the 20th century, with 219 monks, the Abbey was the l ...
Founded: 1869 | Location: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Petersberg Citadel

The Petersberg Citadel is one of the largest extant early-modern citadels in Europe and covers the whole north-western part of the Erfurt city centre. It was built after 1665 on Petersberg hill and was in military use until 1963. It dates from a time when Erfurt was ruled by the Electors of Mainz and is a unique example of the European style of fortress construction. Beneath the citadel is an underground maze of passageways that can be visited on guided tours organised by Erfurt Tourist Office.

The citadel was originally built on the site of a medieval Benedictine Monastery and the earliest parts of the complex date from the 12th century. Erfurt has also been ruled by Sweden, Prussia, Napoleon, the German Empire, the Nazis, and post-World War II Soviet occupying forces, and it was part of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). All of these regimes used Petersberg Citadel and had an influence on its development. The baroque fortress was in military use until 1963. Since German reunification in 1990, the citadel has undergone significant restoration and it is now open to the public as a historic site.