Project Description

Valley of the Castles - Central Bosnia and Herzegovina 1

Valley of the Castles – Central Bosnia and Herzegovina


April 2005

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Tešanj castle is one of the most significant and biggest castles in BiH. It covers the area of 6,296 square meters. The construction of the Castle started during the reign of Illyra (3rd century BC), but then for centuries it was built and rebuilt by Romans, Slavs and Turks. Because of its good position, the Castle mainly served as a defense from invaders. During the Turkich period, it holds permanent army garrison. The Castle and old city center bulit on hill-sides, form a coherent Bosnian style ambient in Tešanj.

Maglaj Gradina castle was bilt in 14th century on the right bank of the Bosnia river. This castle is good example of the mediaval fortified town which provided relatively strong protection to its masters and defenders. Some famous buildings from that period still can be found: houses (Dizdareva, Kapi, Širbegova, Kapetanova), mosques (Kuršumlija/Jusuf-pashina), Clock tower and unique part of old town Maglaj with its old bosnian houses and public water pumps.

Vranduk castle – in many preserved travelogues and manuscripts, Vranduk is almost always described as has always been described as the most interesting, the most intrigtuing or the most resilient part of the country of Bosnia. It was often, and appropriately, called the Gate of Bosnia, because it for centuries resisted many adversiaties that came from all parts of the world. Tradition, but also historical circumstances, often designated the passage through the Vranduk as an entrance into true Bosnia. Vranduk was mentioned as the city for the first time on March 10th, 1410 in manuscripts from Dubrovnik.

Bobovac – The Royal castle was once the Bosnian capital, the town where the Bosnian crown was kept and the last fortress of Bosnian rulers prior to arrival of the Ottoman Empire in 1463. All that is left of fortified town and rulers court are nowadadys just the ruins, but still they speak about power and glory of the Medieval Bosnia state and turbulent centuries that passed forever.

Travnik castle, the Ancient town Kastel (Travnik Castle) is the unique medieval monument in city Travnik. Castle was built in 15th century, in the time of Bosnian independency. It is assumed that castle was built in time of King Ostoja or King Tvrtko II. During the Ottoman Empire, precisely since 1699, Travnik became the capital of the Ottoman province of Bosnia and seat of Bosnian Viziers.