November 29, 2011
6 Cool Buildings in Banja Luka
Banja Luka the administrative capital of the Republika Srpska, is a beautiful town with lots of interesting buildings from the last century like the Banski Dvor (Бански Двор) (1932), the National Theater (Народно позориште Републике Српске) (1933), The City Hall (Градска палата) (1934), The Palace of the Republic (Палата Републике Српске) (1936) and the buildings on the Promenade - Gospodska street (officially Veselin Masleša street).
(Picture from Panoramio)
What interests me more about Banja Luka are a few modern buildings that I want to show here in this post:
1. Dom Vojske
panoramio and skyscrapercity)
2. The Retirement Home (Старачки Дом)
The building looks quiet interesting, it was started in 1989 and it's still not finished.
(picture from Teča sa Dunava)
3. The Borik Sport Center (Спортска дворана Борик)
(picture from wikipedia).
Borik is a neighborhood of Banja Luka. It was built northeast of the old city center after an earthquake in 1969 when Banja Luka was heavily damaged. Borik was planned for housing of people who lost their homes in an earthquake and it was built in a modern socialist architectural style, typical for cities that were developed under an influence of a communist system. (picture from scborik).
The building is from 1974, can seat about 5'000 people and is used for different Sports and for Concerts.
4. The Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure
The Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure is one of four Roman Catholic cathedrals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Cathedral was built in honor of Saint Bonaventure, a Franciscan theologian from the Middle Ages. It was constructed by Alfred Pichler in the 1970s after the original had been damaged in the 1969 earthquake.
It was built in a tent like shape. The bell tower was added in 1990.(picture)
5. Boska Shopping Center
“Boska” department store (from 1978) is a building that looks like from outer space. Its shape was designed without any direct formal relationship to the local heritage.
picture by http://www.bojanfajfric.net
It's kind of a landmark of Banja Luka, due to its location (in the very center on a big pedestrian square) and to its over-sized shape. It stands there as a nostalgic symbol of former Yugoslavia and never underwent any changements. (picture from panoramio)
6. Hotel Turist in Celinac (near Banja Luka)
The last of the 6 buildings is not really in Banja Luka. But with its prefab facade, its round-corner-windows and daring color concept fits into this list of cool buildings.
(Pictures from panoramio)
And here a few links for visiting Banja Luka:
• Banja Luka Online Guide
• The Banja Luka in your pocket guide to download
(it's from 2009) but still useful
Here you can download a map of the City of Banja Luka