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Travel Tips to Banja Luka (BNX)
Banja Luka: Discover the sights of the interesting city
The city of Banja Luka lies in the north of Bosnia-Herzegovina. There are plenty of interesting sights there that are worth visiting, so take a flight to Banja Luka today.
The best travel tips for Banja Luka
- Discover the castle in Banja Luka - the oldest building in the country
- The Gomionica Monastery with its precious frescoes is also interesting
- Admire the impressive collection in the Trappist Monastery
A piece of history: Banja Luka Fortress
Kastel Fortress is right in the centre of the city on the picturesque banks of the River Vrbas, and can be quickly and easily reached on foot. The precise origins of the castle are not known, but there is evidence of the Roman settlement Castra on the same site and remains of Slavic settlements from the early Middle Ages (8th-12th centuries). Various crenellations indicate its military use, likely to defend a river crossing. The fortress itself has an imposing appearance and houses a theatre festival during the summer.
The Gomionica Monastery lies right on the banks of the river with the same name. Initially it was just a simple wooden church, and was built in stone in 1536. The monastery didn’t really become well-known until workers inadvertently discovered precious frescoes on the monastery walls during renovation works. There is also an impressive collection of artistically decorated books written by hand in Cyrillic script, and some valuable icons from the 16th century.
Mariastern Abbey with artistic treasures
The Trappist colony within Banja Luka was founded as long ago as 1869. The church that belongs to it was built later between 1874 and 1875. The collection includes valuable paintings and a selection of artistic portraits of saints and manuscripts, alongside various cult objects from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Trappist monastery is also known for its tasty white cheese. The tradition of producing it has been maintained by the monks living here for more than a century. Book your flights to Banja Luka with FlyDoha to discover the variety of sights.