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I only got to spend half a day in Bosnia and Herzegovina, more accurately in Republika Srpska. But I spent my time well. Before going, some people warned me that this city could be a bit unsafe. So I was pleased when I saw green parks and people enjoying their time. Banja Luka even felt like a pretty decent town with a pretty decent fortress, overlooking the slow flowing river where all the young couples go for a walk.

As I returned to the town center I was attracted by some appealing noises in the park. Turned out that there was an international cultural exchange festival going on, Dukatfest. From there I enjoyed the festival all evening, meeting people from all over the world and enjoying the parade through the main streets. At the end they performed dances in front of this orthodox cathedral, which is the most famous structure of the area. It's called simply Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and was completed in 1929. Needless to say, it created the perfect background for the cultural performances.

Before walking back to the bus station and my night bus to Belgrade, Serbia, I turned my camera for a last picture of the majestic cathedral.

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