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           Ferhad-Pasha Sokolović started building Banjaluka in the area between the river Vrbas and the small river Crkvena around 1579. By 1587 he built a large number of public buildings, among which the most important were Ferhadija, Muslim religious secondary school (medresa), turbe, šadrvan, Turkish bath (hamam), caravanserai, traveler’s tavern, barns and more than 200 shops.
        A Serbian Orthodox Perish Church of the Holy Spirit was built in 1879. The building material which had been prepared for that purpose was taken by the Austro-Hungarian government and used for building the Military Headquarters. The new material obtained for building the church was not of such a good quality.
         An organized foreign community which would both directly and indirectly influence upon the town concept, in terms of space and construction, came in the area of Banjaluka in 1869. It was a Trappist colony, consisting of reformed Cistercians, whose order was established in France, in the Priory La Trappe in the mid 17th century.
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Old postcards of Banjaluka
1897-1941 |  First postcards - Lithographies
Panoramic views of town  |  Kastel Fortress   |  Gornji Šeher | Marketplace
Through the streets of  Banjaluka  | Down Gospodska Street  | Schools of  Banjaluka
Religious facilities  |  Public facilities  | Hotels and cafes  |  Railway stations
Foundations of Banjaluka industry  |  River called Vrbas

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