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Mariastern Abbey, Banja Luka

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Mariastern Abbey is Trappist abbey in Bosnia and Herzegovina, situated near the country's second largest city Banja Luka. It consists of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the monastery of Trappist monks. It is the only Trappist monastery in Southeastern Europe. At the beginning of the 20th century, with 219 monks, the Abbey was the largest Trappist abbey in the world; today it is the smallest, with only two monks.HistoryEstablishmentThe building of the complex of the Mariastern Abbey in Banja Luka is associated with the arrival of the trappist Franz Pfanner in Bosnia. After 23 months of unsuccessful attempts to set up a Trappist monastery in Hungary, Croatia and Lower Styria, and on learning that a law had been passed in Turkey allowing the Christians to buy land, Pfanner came to Banja Luka, where on 10 June 1869 he bought 100 acres of land in Delibašino Selo near Banja Luka for the sum of 1.400 ducats. On 21 June 1869, the Trappists came to the plot of land they had purchased in Delibašino Selo. This is thus regarded as the date on which the Mariastern Abbey was founded.The Trappists made themselves temporary accommodation in a wooden hut. Nine Trappist brothers lived there and they called this shed the cradle. Inside the shed were two wooden barrels in which the Trappists kept their books, breviary, ink and paper. They remained in this hut until 7 July 1869.
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  • Monk that welcomed us was very helpful with his history lesson about this monastery and their trapist cheese making operation.  more »
  • But not because of church itself,it's nothing special, but you have to listen father Franjo and his hostory lesson. You should also try their original trapist cheese, which they are producing over 200...  more »
  • We have been very well received by a trapiste monk, but the monastery was closed when we arrived (he must go in the morning to 10 hours). The monks make liquor to treat various ailments, all in pretty bottles. There are spirits against depression, cancer (we don't understand if it's to be taken upstream or to combat the harmful effects of therapies). They are even alcohol cannabis, good for many things: prostate... It was very interesting to see all this and have explanations of what they do and how they do it: beautiful and original gifts to take everything back by doing a good deed for the monks.
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