TRAVNIK – TAKE A PEEK IN THE BEAUTIFUL MEDIEVAL FORTRESS ABOVE THE VIZIER TOWN!

TRAVNIK – TAKE A PEEK IN THE BEAUTIFUL MEDIEVAL FORTRESS ABOVE THE VIZIER TOWN!

An infallible part of Travnik’s visit is visiting one of the most beautiful and most preserved Bosnian fortresses – Travnik Fort or Old Town of Travnik.

Travnik Fortress dates from the Middle Ages of Bosnia and was built in the first half of the 15th century. With great enthusiasm and full admiration of this fortress, the Ottomans by coming to these areas have been restored and upgraded.

Although its walls have suffered various damages caused by wars and natural phenomena for centuries, it has managed to survive and occupy a place on the list of national monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the few fortresses that has a cafe with a beautiful panorama of Travnik. Tourists do not embark on enthusiasm and are increasingly visited from all over the world.

If you have not yet visited the city of Nobel laureate Ivo Andric, do it as soon as possible. The special smell and charm of this city is felt during the Ramadan days, though the heat and humanity are trapped there every year.

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THE OLD TOWN OF BUZIM – A MEDIEVAL CENTER OF MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AUTHORITIES

THE OLD TOWN OF BUZIM - A MEDIEVAL CENTER OF MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AUTHORITIES

One generation is leaving, and the other comes, and that country, that Bosnia always remains. He remains afraid to testify that he still sings this sevdah. These rivers flow fast, and the water is always cold and goes to the same sea from which it returns to begin its flow again. No, readers, her story is not written on myths and legends as others do. Everything before us existed and everything will remain behind us, so also witnesses of history written with swords and fighters of a brave heart. Yeah, read, if you thought we were thinking of the shrouds you hit, but you probably did not know there was an old town of Bužim that credibly witnesses life in the 12th century. The traces of a strong and developed fortress that represented the continuity of life in the Buža area was located at 325 meters above sea level, and its full glory sited in the period of developed Middle Ages. It is interesting that it was built at the time of the cold weapon, and later it was built and fastened by new walls and towers. The then inhabitants of the old town used a beautifully sunken plank and stone groove. What impressed her and gave her a special charm were towers, loopholes, chambers, dungeons, bastions, ramparts, and taboos. Sometimes the entrance to this town was decorated with a stone slab printed with a glagolitic script: “This city was built from the foundation, the elected leader Juraj Mikulicic. At that time in Croatia there was no better man. King Matthias was known for great honesty. For the Emperor of the Turks known as the man who found the peace of the whole country of Hungary. And the car of the Roman good man called him. And each of these chiefs gave him gifts, and the Croats executed him at the command of Prince Ivaniš. Who would like such a man to call such a city based on the summit … ” The inscription refers to the construction of an exterior city built by Juraj Mikulicic in 1484. During the occupation, an Austro-Hungarian officer was given this plate as a valuable cultural monument to the then People’s Museum in Zagreb. Today, this slab is located in the monument of the Croatian History Museum. The old or inner fortress was once a smaller castle with high circular towers dating from the first days, and in the 15th century the castle got a new fort. The walls and towers of the new fortifications are far below, and at the top there were positions for the cannons. The shape of the inner city itself is a regular quadruple, and still there are still partially preserved remains of the cistern, the walls of the stone mosque, which was established by the arrival of the Ottoman Empire on the foundations of the ancient parish church of St. Clement. On the corners of the inner city there are round towers, which are in very poor condition today. It was the old town of Bužim, a center of military and civilian power in this area, and today traces of time are visible, and what we should be proud of is only the oronula and abandoned fortress to testify about the burning and interesting past of this region.

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DOBOJ – THE PLACE WHERE THE KNIGHTS DEFENDED HONOR AND WROTE HISTORY

DOBOJ - THE PLACE WHERE THE KNIGHTS DEFENDED HONOR AND WROTE HISTORY

On the first sight the old and decrepit medieval states were wrapped in the veil of secret spells known to a very small number of people, and today even smaller. Yet what the inhabitants of these areas have borne is faith in God and a sacrifice for one and only Bosnia. No, medieval Bosnia was a supra-national creation, but a civilization process that enabled people to understand, understand their soil in which they lived, but this process also led to the mosaic of religion, thinking and creation of today’s multiculturalism. The Bosnian kings in their affairs included then a very important institution to the Church of Bosnia, which, regardless of differences, did not exclude either the Catholic or the Orthodox Church. Yes, then people cooperated and participated in all decisions together, they did not separate because they loved the country they live in, the country that feeds them. Imagine moving from Sarajevo to the weekend route where you know the wealth of your country. You go so lightly and you go through the passage of a cultural history, Visoko, King Sutjeska, Vranduk, Maglaj and finally you arrive there. Here the knights defended honor and wrote history, and attacked and tried to destroy one city, one state many, but failed. Strategic one of the most important cities of medieval Bosnia was Doboj. Our ancestors also known as the valley colors. Many blood flowed through the rivers Usorom, Sprečo and Bosnom, yet our ancestors were proud because they preserved the historical treasure for future generations. There is a lot of readers, catapults fired, swords broken and many times wounds on the fortress are overwhelmed. Gradina or Stari grad Doboj was built in the 13th century, and first mentioned in 1415 in the charter sent to the Hungarian Emperor. The stories of Doboj from knee to knee from centuries and memories have been broadcast, but they are well known to two versions of the story about how this city got its name. Some say that Sultan Mehmed II had once left his luggage in this city, and that Doboj originated from the Turkish word for luggage, and the other is that the name Doboj is inspired by the historical battles played on this ground. While the fighting was taking place around them, the inhabitants of this old city enjoyed themselves inside the walls. They had, and then, and the memory of that we have now an amphitheater where all the cultural events of the then vakta were going on. Positioned on the characteristic shape of the hill of volcanic origin and yet rich in underground tunnels that served to communicate the upper and lower parts of the population, the fortress is a true treasure of this region. Some dealers of this vault used exactly these tunnels as a shelter for the food and groceries they sold. While merchants sold their products at the entrance were knights, the guards of this fort were welcoming their visitors and offering them rakija medovačkom. It’s not an ordinary brandy of the honeybee. It was a brandy made according to an ancient recipe.   See more 360 degrees photos

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Kraljeva Sutjeska – the place where the history of one country had been written in the most beautiful writing called “bosancica”

Kraljeva Sutjeska – the place where the history of one country had been written in the mos t beautiful writing called "bosancica"

Many lovers of Bosnian history and culture will tell you that Kraljeva Sutjeska is the special place where you find inspiration and fill your batteries. Sometime long ago in the period of magnificent medieval  state, this city was the metropolis of the kings. That is location where the history had been written in the most beautiful writing, bosančica. Geographically positioned near Kakanj, historically very important, Kraljeva Sutjeska became the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fortified city served for the habitation of the monarchs, for the great feasts and receptions. Many were eating there, dear readers, with golden spoons; many were drinking from golden glasses; and the most beautiful ball dances were danced there. Our historical giants Stjepan Tomaš, Tvrtko II and beloved Queen Katarina lived there. Beautiful landscape of Kraljeva Sutjeska exudes with antiquity, freedom and greatness of one country, the most respected and the most literate people of that age lived and wrote for us. The Franciscans have left a large number of monasteries as a gift which we have to protect and among them is one in Kraljeva Sutjeska and it has distinct beauty. There are records which say that the monastery was built at the beginning of the 14th century. Just one century later Ottomans would come there and they brought new culture, religion and they were going to build one of the oldest mosques in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The legend says that Mehmed II the Conqueror stopped there to perform an afternoon prayer and ordered to build a mosque which would be the symbol of new state and faith. The domiciled people of this historically important place was  always famous for its hospitality and kindness. They try to keep the spirit of the kingdom and broadcast it to new generations  in a very original way, in folk costumes of the medieval Bosnia and Herzegovina. The locals are successful in increasing the number of new tourists and increasing the interest for this place; by cultivation and sale of their own products, they succeed to live from historical tourism. Its most beautiful glow Kraljeva Sutjeska gets during religious holidays, when thousands of pilgrims come to the church that is the part of the Franciscan monastery. The monastery is a great treasury of cultural and historical treasure, testimonies of life and a great, defiant and proud Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yes, dear reader, most of the books that are here are written in bosančica, the writing of your ancestors.

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The old town of Vranduk allows you to see how the life is expected in the times of kingdom (photogallery)

The old town of Vranduk allows you to see how the life is expected in the times of kingdom (photogallery)

Vranduk is a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina located about 10 km from the center of Zenica. The name of the town is derived from the word branduk – brani (eng. defend). The first mention of this town dates back to 1410, in the appeals of Dubrovnik citizens, who sent to the king of Hungary all about the operation of his soldiers. It is impossible to mention the town of Vranduk, and to miss the fortress of the same name that represents the true medal of this city. It is assumed that the old town of Vranduk was erected at the end of the 14th century and represents the treasury of knowledge of medieval Bosnia. Since its founding until 1463, when the Ottomans conquered Bosnia, Vranduk was a ban and then a royal city. King Tomas paid special attention to this city, and he undertook the church of St. Thomas, his patron. He received the privileges of the Pope for this act. He also repaired the city and strengthened its ramparts. There are many traces and scars left in Vranduk that are still visible hundreds of years later. In addition to the medieval period there are traces left by the Ottomans and then the Austrian troops. Numerous archaeological finds from the Middle Ages and the Ottoman period, such as pots, jewelery, coins, tools etc., are found inside the walls of the old town. The fortress exudes simplicity, it belongs to the type of mountain forts and consists of a castles with a main tower and surrounding walls. Despite the changes and additions that have taken place, the fortress has retained its original form. The fortress has been restored and turned into a museum. Visitors coming to Vranduk, hoping to learn more about Bosnian history. They can visit the fortress in Vranduk, where there are various settings that can visualize how life looked like in the past. After you go to the big tower you will be greeted with various tools and tools that were used in the medieval period, in addition to pottery and knitting uniforms. Once you climb up the narrow stairs leading to the second floor, you will be able to see how the royal dress looks and the setting of the table will show you how their royal dinners looked like. Eventually, if you come to the third floor, you’ll see how it looked to be a clerk, there are the clerk’s uniforms, the writing desk, the old paper, the pen and everything else that was needed once in a dribble. The fortress Vranduk and its walls do not escape only with the cold stone from which it was built, but with the defiance, courage and history. The fortress is designated as a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are many reasons to visit Vranduk, and the fortress represents only one of them.

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The Fortress of Maglaj – a place where by viewing one cuddling the city and its „Çarşi“(photo+ 360 photos)

The Fortress of Maglaj – a place where by viewing one cuddling the city and its „Çarşi“(photo+ 360 photos)

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Do you ask yourself each weekend where would you go to rest your soul? Somewhere under standards, or somewhere up to the Zenica – Doboj Canton. Want to get away from everyday life, and try to explore Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s always best to get connected comfort and usefulness. Everyday life can always be bravely demolished in some fortresses, why would not be Maglaj’s fortress this time? “The fog disappeared,” and the beautiful Maglaj came from that fog. On the slopes of the Ozren Mountains and on the right bank of the river Bosna, one can see houses of the town of Maglaj in an impending order. The town is small and counts only some 3 428 inhabitants, maybe a little more or maybe even less. Who counts it? What matters in Maglaj is its history written out from the ancient charters. Maglaj’s fortress is mentioned in the Charter of Sigismund, the King of Hungary, for the first time. At the time of the Ottoman period,The Fortress served to defend the Bosnian kingdom, but only later gets its real form. I can write about it, but you could not feel it, until you touch the stone fortress, and you do not pass through its corridors, you can not even feel the weight of history. The fortress was built in the 13th century. It is the first medieval fortress, which the Ottomans had it undergone. The Maglaj Fort consists of five towers: Širbegova, Dizdareva, Boundary Tower, Captain’s Tower and Clock Tower. It is considered that the timekeeper sometimes had a bell. However, there are no reliable sources. In some legends, it is mentioned that the sound of the golden coin broke in the Maghaki Akash, in the early hours of the evening. The best view is the one from the top, when you climb this fortress. You can see Maglaj itself. By looking at the city and its magic, you see the river Bosna. The inhabitants of Maglaj town will welcome you the most with the legend of the city. Maglaj is a city of Bosnian life whose customs have been preserved to this day, the openness of the Maglaj Paradise, and the word of the magician is at every step. You will bring the beauty of the Maglaj’s fort as soldiers that carry the most beautiful medals from the greatest wars.   For more 360 photos click here

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Do you know how is Romes bridge get name?

Do you know how is Romes bridge get name?

Bridges do not leave indifferent, some cause admiration and awe while others enchant. The Roman bridge in the truth is enchanting and provoked by quarreling. In addition to the Latin Quarter, the Kozije ćuprija and Šeher-Ćehajine ćuprije, the Roman Bridge is one of the four preserved stone bridges in the Sarajevo area. The Natural-architectural ensemble of Bridge in Plandier (Roman Bridge, Bridge over River Bosna in Plandier) was declared a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2005. Enjoy with the crew that our team has recorded!

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Bosnian room is Bascarsija in four walls

Bosnian room is Bascarsija in four walls

If you wish to meet a man, look over his threshold. Probably we all heard of this expression even tho we never asked ourself about the meaning. Very often the things we present in front of our homes is not a mirror of what is really happening. The same is with people, the outside look, the smile, the joy. All that does not reflect the inside of the soul. Even thought, there is always a nice smelling flowers inside the weeds. Wondering inside the box of memories, old stories and cartoons from The Bosnia and Herzegovina history and culture we feel the smell of the flowers in the old Bosnian room.

The Bosnian room consists of the shirt sofas that are usually put on the edges of the room, and the bedside that are under the windows, so the one who is sitting on the sofa can look over the window and see his yard. The curtains on the the window are always homemade. Very ofter they are brought in the home as inheritance of the bride. Those curtains are the most beautiful details thats stands out in the room. In the middle of the room there is usually a wooden coffee table, and somewhere in the corner there is a metal table usually used to serve the food.

On the other side there is a wooden cabinet where you usually would keep the sheets and blankets. This room would transform itself very quickly from a dining room to a bedroom. The plates to serve the food in the Bosnian room would usually be from coper, aluminium or wood. The unique details are for sure the woodcraft parts of the furniture, the craftwork that even today represent a form of art that is on the UNESCO lis of cultural heritage.

The Bosnian room is a very important segment of the history, as well as the present of our people, our existing and being. All that it contains has an extraordinary meaning fo the architectonical puzzle of our County. Before it was used for rest, enjoying the day from morning till night. Its is really a pleasure to drink the Bosnian coffee, too eat our traditional sweets and talk till the dawn knocks on the windows. For real the Bosnian room brings with itself out of ordinary stories in an ordinary place. Unfortunately, beside the museum examples and the exhibit in the Bosnian Institute they are really rare the places where you can have that kind of experience, and the opportunity to enjoy the Bosnian room. If you go lil bit deeper in thinking of the Bosnian room and remember out sofas, homemade curtains, coper plates and all those symbols, do you remember something. When I close my eyes and think of the Bosnian room i remember Bascarsija. For me Bascarsija is a Bosnian room in four walls, and for you? If you are not sure and you cant connect with your thoughts, the best thing is to go visit the Bosnian room in the Bosnian Institute. Experience it as it was before, full of pleasure so you can walk with Bascarsija in four walls.

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