Banja Luka, the largest city in the Republika Srpska, is located in the west of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the days marking the centenary of their martyrdom, the Royal Passion-Bearers were honoured in a special way, wereby stands with photographs of the family of Nicholas II, were established on the streets of the city, bearing the words: В честь семьи Романовых (In honour of the Romanov family).
During the spring, an exhibition and a solemn evening dedicated to the Tsar’s family were held in the city, and a bust of Nicholas II was installed on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I – 21 June 2014.
The bust was presented to the Republika Srpska as a gift by the Russian Military Historical Society and the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. The author of the monument is the famous Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli. The bronze monument is more than 2 meters in height. A plaque installed on the pedestal, features the bilingual – Russian and Serbian – inscription: “In memory of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, the defender of the Serbian people, and the fallen soldiers of the Serbian Volunteer Corps.”
A Russian-Serbian church in honour of Nicholas II is currently under construction in Banja Luka. The Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord will be built in the Old Russian architectural style. It will also have a side-chapel in honour of the Royal Passion-Bearers. The architectural project was prepared by Moscow architects Alexei Kapustin and Alexandra Skabichevskaya.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 3 August 2018