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Konjic and Jablanica

Konjic and Jablanica

Konjic and Jablanica are in the micro region of Northern Herzegovina. Konjic is the widest municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Konjic is situated on two lakes, one river and is surrounded by mountains. These natural resources have not been used in a touristic manner until 1992, because this branch of economy had not been much regarded considering Konjic was an industrial city. After the war conflicts in the 90ies, the local self-government started to consider tourism as an important branch of economy and turned to promoting Konjic as an attractive tourist destination. Konjic is known for its woodcarving. This traditional craft from the Konjic area is enlisted in UNESCO's immaterial world heritage list. Other than that, Konjic is rich with cultural sights like Stećci — authentic, medieval tombstones, fortresses, medieval cities. But the sight that stands out especially is the Bridge on the Neretva, which is considered to be on the most beautiful bridges from the Ottoman period in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Jablanica is among the smaller municipalities. It is located in the Neretva river basin, between the mountains Prenj and Čvrsnica. Natural resources like waters, minerals and forests are characteristic for Jablanica. Because of the insufficiently examined occurrence, quality and reserves of the mineral resources, gabbro ranks first in importance, whose exploitation and processing, as well as that of gypsum, have a century-old tradition in Jablanica. Jablanica abounds with a significant natural and cultural heritage. Natural curiosities like the Prenj gorge, Hajdučka vrata, and cultural ones like the Stećci necropolises, antique buildings in Donji Papratsk, the castle of herzog Stjepan Vukčić Kosača, etc. all stand out.

Nuclear War Command/Armijska ratna komanda (ARK) — Konjic

Atomska ratna komanda, also known as ARK, or Tito's bunker, is a former nuclear bunker and army command center in the vicinity of the city of Konjic, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Built to shield the Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito and up to 350 members of his inner circle in case of a nuclear conflict. The structure is made up of residential areas, conference halls, offices and other areas. The bunker remained a state secret up until the dissolution of Yugoslavia in the 90ies.

The Franciscan monastery of St. John the Baptist/Franjevački samostan Sv. Ivana Krstitelja — Konjic

The Franciscan monastery in Konjic is located in the very center of the Konjic populated area, on the right bank of the Neretva by the foot of the hill called Vrtaljica — the location near which the initial monastery and church were built in the middle of the 14th century.

Junuz-Čauš mosque/Junuz-Čauševa džamija — Konjic

According to tradition, the construction of this building is credited to a certain Junuz-Čauš. It dates back to the XVI century, much before 1579, when the waqfnama was scripted. In other words, before the 1585 Herzegovina-Sanjak population census. Above the entrance portal is a tarih (Ottoman Tur. for "date") which says that the mosque was built or restored by a certain Ibrahim, son of Abdija-Haji in the year 1033. — Hijri (1623).

 

Orthodox Christian church of St. Basil the Great/Pravoslavna crkva sv. Basilica Velikog - Konjic

The construction of the Orthodox Christian temple of St. Basil the Great began in 1885 in the Varda locality in Konjic. In its exterior forms, this building is exceedingly simplified and without any decorative elements. It was completed on the 26th October 1886. Unlike the exterior, the interior of the church was richly outfitted. Its most valued piece was a built-in iconoclasts, which, in the year 1925, was carved by Konjic woodcarving masters Suleiman Hadžizukić and Salko Alaric. The Iconoclasts was, following the Byzantine school, painted by the artist Sreto Domić in 1929.

Homeland museum in Konjic/Zavičajni muzej Konjic

Founded in March 2011. The diversity and amount of exhibitions make it a must-see-location for getting to know the past and the natural heritage of the municipality of Konjic.  The permanent and the thematic exhibitions, represent a true attraction for domestic and foreign tourists and school trips. The permanent museum exhibition consists of: Ethnological collections, gallery areas, archeological collections, the birth house of Zulfikar Zuko Džumhur and the Library with a collection of local works.

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