We would love to bring you the story and history of the historical town Višegrad.

Višegrad is one of the oldest settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is situated in the far east of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the banks of the river Drina and the river Rzava. It is famous for its old bridge, built in 1571.  With its numerous cultural, historical and natural attractions, Visegrad has always stood for an interesting tourist destination. The Dobrun monastery, 12 kilometers far from the center of the town, is one of the most interesting tourist localities in Višegrad.

Višegrad

The bridge on the Drina is a heritage of the great vizier Mehmed paša Sokolović (in Turkish Sokollu Mehmet Paşa, 1505. or 1506-1579). He is one of the great Ottoman war generals who originated from Bosnia. He was born in the village of Sokolovići near Rudo in 1505. or 1506, and was a child of Orthodox parents.

At that time there was a tradition and custom known as Devširma, or „The contribution in blood”. Orthodox Serbian children would be taken away to Turkey where they would be converted to Islam and taught in their military schools to become Janissaries, the elite soldiers of the Turkish Empire. Bajica Sokolović was one such child, taken from the surroundings of Višegrad at a young age and given the name Mehmed.
The bridge is deservedly on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It used to connect the route from Bosnia to Constantinople (Carigrad – Istanbul) and today it is a place visited by many tourists, passengers, artists, admirers of history and architecture. The bridge is among the most significant national monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a beautiful sight to behold.

 

Well guys in this post we bring you some old stories about The Old City of Ključ (Key).

The Old City of Ključ, in historical documents is known as Ključ on Sana is mentioned for the first time in 1322 in a property of an aristocratic family of Hrvatinic, more precisely Vukosav Hrvatinic, an uncle of the famous Herceg Hrvoje who built the royal town Jajce.
The Old city of Ključ is known as the last refuge of the Bosnian king Stjepan Kotromanic under the invasion of Turks led by Sultan Mehmed el-Fatih, so due to that “last emission“ of the Bosnian kingdom, Ključ is known as a royal city today.

“The Old City of Ključ actually consists of three parts: the guard tower Lubica, the entrance part-plateau, which is from an Ottoman period and is called Tabor towers, while the third part is much larger and intertwined in the cliffs of the gorge, and dates back to 13th century, and it is actually a medieval city- Ključ on the Sana river“, explains Fuad Alibegovic, a history professor from Ključ.
The old city of Ključ was declared as a national monument in 1951. After the war, the municipality of Ključ renovated the Tabor towers, the Ottoman part of the old town, with the Institute for maintenance of cultural and historical heritage, but the medieval city of Ključ on Sana remained intact, and is covered with dense vegetation, thick ivy and was ingrown in rocks rising vertically above today’s Ključ.

The Old City of Ključ

The Old City of Ključ is located within a pine forest, which is kept as a natural and healthy environment, with particular emphasis on the preservation of the environment of the Old Town.  Plans for the future include the lighting of the plateau and the walls of the Old City, and their placement in the hospitality and tourism purposes. With its towers on top of the high bare rock the Old City of Ključ is reminiscent of the castles of fairy tales, and it in a sense is, as it holds many secrets and tales like an eternal fairy tale and a mystery to all its visitors.

Bosnian Valley of Pyramids

Bosnian Valley of Pyramids – the world’s oldest pyramids in the Balkans

The Bosnian Valley of Pyramids is the largest complex of pyramid structures in the world. The Pyramid of the Sun (Visočica) which at a height of over 220 meters, is much higher than the Cheops Pyramid – The Great Pyramid of Giza. The second pyramid is the Bosnian Pyramid of the Moon (Plješevica) which stands at 190 meters, followed by the Bosnian Pyramid of the Dragon (Buci) of 90 meters, and cultivated hills Temple of Mother Earth (Krstac) and the Pyramid of Love (Cemerac).

The Bosnian Valley of Pyramids is one of the oldest man made constructions ever built on the planet. They are the only remaining pyramids on Earth that have drawn energy data and provide energy impact that raises the spiritual activities of human civilization – a prominent Russian researcher of pyramids Valery Uvarov said in Sarajevo.

The Valley of Pyramids is located in Visoko which was Bosnia’s capital during the Middle Ages, where you can find ruins of a medieval fortress is located atop Visočica hill. The fortress was built over an old Roman Empire observation post, which in turn was constructed over the ruins of an ancient settlement. Which dates the pyramids themselves as beyond ancient.

Bosnian Valley of Pyramids Tour
The Ravne Labyrinth Being shown by Dr. Semir Osmanagich

The Bosnian Valley of Pyramids play an important role in raising spiritual awareness. Located underneath the complex of the Bosnian Valley of Pyramids is the underground labyrinth Ravne. The labyrinth itself is complex and is tens of kilometers long. The air inside is fresh throughout the entirety of its length which is due to different ceiling heights that cause difference in air pressure and act as a natural fan. There is no negative radiation in the labyrinth and the atmosphere was tested and is clean of bacteria and viruses. There is a great deal left to be discovered and the archeological team working round the clock to uncover history can be seen daily on location working hard to discover and preserve such an ancient relic.

Check out more:

10 Facts About The Bosnian Pyramids

If you want to find out more about the Bosnian Valley of Pyramids take a look at our guided tour.

The fortress – castle, citadel is located within the complex of the medieval town of Jajce, at an altitude of 470 meters.

The fortress is an irregular square, which is caused by the configuration of the land. Its volume is 260 meters, and the surface of 4,800 square meters. It is assumed that the fortress existed in the 13th century. Some architectural remains found inside the fortress or within the medieval walls of the city, indicate that here, in mid-15th-century palace was built. The fortress was built over several centuries, repaired and renovated. In the northeast and the southeast corner of the fort are two strong four-sided tower, and it is assumed that one was a tower on the northeast corner. The original entrance to the fortress (barely one meter wide) is located on the west side. In the southwestern part of the fortress is a portal with the royal coat of arms.

King Stjepan Tomasevic, who definitely moved court to Jajce (1421-1461). For the design of the portal with the royal coat of arms in the spirit of the late Gothic, is very similar to the portal with the fortress Bobovac. During the Ottoman period were built support, to strengthen the walls of the fortress. Within the walls of the fortress was a mosque and a powder magazine.

In the era of the Austro-Hungarian rule, in addition to the powder-built water tank.

In this post we bring you great story about Bosnian Medieval Royal Fortress Bobovac – Kraljevska Sutjeska Relicts of Bosnian throne fortress Bobovac and burial chapell of Bosnian Kings.
Old Bobovac is the most well known and fortified city of medieval Bosnia & Herzegovina. It is located near today’s small place, Vareš.
The city was built during the reign of ban Stephen II Kotromanic and was first mentioned in a document dating from 1349. It shared the role of seat of the rulers of Bosnia with Kraljeva Sutjeska, however Bobovac was much better fortified.
Bobovac contained the crown jewels of Bosnia as well as being the burial site for a few of the kings of Bosnia. These were Stjepan Ostojic, Tvrtko II Kotromanic & Stjepan Tomas. Bobovac is hidden froma main touristic routes in Bosnia, it lies in a untouched nature. As many others, medieval town Bobovac was neglected for many years,  now is a protected cultural site.

 

The most interesting fact about Bobovac is that it was a place where royal crown was being kept.

Srebrenik in history was first mentioned in the year 1333. The first written document about the existence of this ancient city is the charter of Stephen II. Kotromanić of 02.15.1333. At that time Srebrenik was a capital of the medieval Bosnia ruled by Kotromanics and founded its most extensive limitsHungarian King Matthias Corvinus in October 1464 with his army invaded northeastern Bosnia and took over Srebrenik. From the parts formed Srebrenica banate, which regulates under strict military principles
The takeover of Srebrenil by the Ottomans, there are two historical versions: at first Srebrenik was conquered 1512, together with Teočak. Another version is that the 1521 Bosnian sandžakbeg Feriz Bey took Srebrenik, Sokol and Tešanj. Interestingly, the folk tradition of the conquest of Srebrenik by the Ottomans. As the Ottoman army was numerically superior, defenders of Srebrenik during the night left the city, with horses upside down in order to hide the traces of their withdrawal. Because traces of hooves Turks thought that the city received aid and long hesitated to attempt to occupy. There is no reliable information on when it was built in Srebrenik’s fortress, but it is quite certain that it was built by Hungarians during their rule in Bosnia. Upgraded by the Ottomans, as evidenced by the expanded mosque that was used for the needs of the crew or the Turkish Asker.
In the period after the Ottomans Srebrenik was a certain historical hinterlands, so there is not much testimony about the city in the period of AustroHungarian rule, nor the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Historical re-awakening Srebrenik experiencing in the period after World War II. The construction of the railroad Brčko- Banovići and road Županja shares SarajevoOpuzen gives Srebrenik momentum of progress and revival.

Počitelj- with a secret of 400 years old

Počitelj a city of Herzegovina with amazing picturesque houses, forts, towers, and the remains of old buildings more than 400 years old, attracted a team Anatolia news agency. They visited Počitelj – a small town where every family and every building has its own story. This historical settlement with Oriental-Mediterranean character is located in the valley of the Neretva River and is one of the most beautiful cultural and historical entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Počitelj is home to a small and predominantly elderly population of natives. They are mostly descendants of the first inhabitants of this medieval city, and among them are the descendants of the Dizdar family that has been based within the walls of the city of Počitelj for five centuries , and whose continuity is held up to the present time.
Pocitelj - Safet Zec
Pocitelj – Safet Zec
“Currently, within the walls there are 13 families and five families out of the city. The City of Počitelj is permanently inhabited by 40 people, which is made up of mostly older population. This tendency is fatal for the city and its continuing tradition. International and local art colonies have been hosted in the city of Počitelj for years and all of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s greatest artists have made a subject of this beautiful city in their art. 
This beautiful city is a great pleasure and creative well to visit, it has been an inspiration for artisans and creatives for centuries and is well worth a visit.