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. [umetnime] 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. [umetnime] 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. [umetnime] 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. [umetnime] 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. [umetnime] 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. [umetnime] 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. [umetnime] 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)

[umetnime] 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. [umetnime] 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. [umetnime] 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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