Saturday, June 28, 2014

Monument of the fallen Krajina soldiers, Bosnia and Herzegovina

well, one more card for today that arrived from a swap last year...from the not-so-far-away Bosnia..well, not so far from here at least :)

The card shows, as the title of this post says, The monument to fallen Krajina soldiers, in the War for Liberation (1941-1945) against fascism. It is located at the top of the Banj Brdo (Banj Hill) at 431meters of altitude. It is around 5 kilometers away from the city of Banja Luka, and the road between Banja Luka and the monument on the Banj Hill is covered in concrete al the way long. The monument of the mausoleic type (13 meters high and 24 meters long), is a work of one of the greatest Yugoslav sculptors and craftsman of memorial plastic, Antun Augustinčić. It was erected at the place where, in June 1941, a Distric conference of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia for Bosanska Krajina was held together with a few counselings related to the rise of the rebellion. It was made from white stone from Brač. It has a unique form, special dinamic line and looked from afar, it seems like a bullet fired in the direction of Krajina (Kozara and Grmeč). At the front of the monument, above the entrance doors, there is a huge figure of a naked young man holding a flag in his hand. Sideways there are relieves which show the battle against the occupants and after-war construction. The monument was solemnly opened in 1961 and since then it has become a place where visitors come from all over the world. The monument was visited by Josip Broz Tito in 1966 who, before leaving the monument plateau, having looked back once more, said: “You have chosen a wonderful location for this monument. I think it is the greatest monument in Yugoslavia. When the stone gets used to this climate it shall look even more beautiful“.

this is an EUROPA stamp, from the 2008 series representing Letters.

Well, I hope you liked the cards chosen for today...and see you next time!

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