The Kastel Fortress is the historical epicenter of Banja Luka , a city descended from the Bronze Age (2000-1900 B.C) and evolved into an enduring witness of the greatest torrents in European history. Numerous archeological studies have carefully traced the history of Banja Luka to confirm the Kastel fortress as its birthplace and namesake. Kastel archeological studies also revealed remnants of large buildings with adornments of bronze and ceramic, evidence of Roman conquest against the ancient Illyrain kingdoms which dominated the Balkan Peninsula from antiquity through the dawn of the second millennium. During this period the Kastel fortress site saw the rise of early Roman military outposts called Castras, connected to the heart of the Empire by northern Roman roads through the ancient Greek City of Salona (now the Croatian municipality of Solin) and modern day Gradiska, Banja Luka’s northern city neighbor. The decline and fall of the Roman Empire coincided with great Slavic migrations to the Balkans during the 5th through the 12th centuries. The intensity of Slavic life in medieval Banja Luka is documented in many Latin texts. The name Banja Luka was first mentioned in a 1494 charter issued by Hungarian king Vladislav II Jagelovic in Budapest. A Hungarian charter issued in 1525 confirmed Banja Luka was named after its birthplace, the fortress Castell Nostro Bagna Luca. During the Ottoman period in the 16th century, Banja Luka gained great socio-political and strategic importance as the seat of the vast empire’s regional government. The Kastel fortress was repeatedly fortified and expanded to serve as a vigilant outpost against the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the north. The Kastel fortress witnessed repeated wars in the late 17th century and first decades of the 18th century, and builders in this period provided its contemporary shape featuring eight bastions, six towers and underground tunnels. As with the Roman Empire at its beginning, the Kastel fortress also witnessed the decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire toward the end of the second millennium. Its structure fell into damage and disrepair as its military significance waned in comparison to the terrible technology of 20th century warfare. The Kastel fortress, like the city that grew out from its beginnings, endured the tumultuous history of the 20th century and greeted the new millennium as an archeological witness to the great civilizations of ancient Europe. Its walls now serve as a monument marking the distant beginnings of a long journey that continues to this day.
Kazamat is one of the oldest restaurants in Banja Luka. It is situated within the walls of Kastel Fortress, on the bank of the Vrbas River. It is the historic core of city and the site where the city of Banja Luka was founded.
Building materials which have been used are stone, wood and iron. Plain and simple ambiance is designed in accordance with the architectural features of Kastel Fortress.
The terrace is designed in accordance with the ambiance of Kastel Fortress and the bank of the Vrbas River. A bit wild environment has determined the appearace of the garden.
Our staff will prepare for you dishes according to the original recipes. The variety of tastes will, certainly, you pleasantly and create an impression of a distinctive gourmet restaurant and rich menu.
"The food is very good and sitting out on the balcony under a large umbrella, overlooking the Vrbas, is an ideal way to spend an afternoon."James B, Chesham, United Kingdom/
"It's a great place to eat during the Spring and Summer as the outdoor seating looks out onto the Vrbas River. The food is very good."B.G , Windhoek, Namibia/
"Restaurant Kazamat is the only place in Banja Luka where you can have an acceptable dinner!"realart, Innsbruck, Austria/
"Overlooking the river is a very beautiful setting inside the old castle. The food was extremely tasty and good value."roadrocket1398, Arundel, United Kingdom/