Srpska: Banja Luka – Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Cathedral of Christ the Savior is a Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in the heart of Banja Luka and pride and joy of the country, fully reconstructed after having been destroyed in WWII. The original cathedral was built in 1929, but damaged in Nazi bombing on 1941 with a direct hit. It was then destroyed supposedly on the orders of the Croatian independent state collaborating with the Nazi (or so it says in the plaque at the cathedral). The rebuilt Byzantine-style cathedral is truly magnificent with a slender bell tower and loads of middle eastern red and orange volcanic travertine, Italian marble, bells made in Innsbruck, and gold-plated metal on cupola from Russia. It’s the foremost religious building in the country.