Road trip #7: Kreševo

Whenever you see articles with title “Road trip” you can expect stories from our trips around our homeland, Bosnia and Herzegovina. We use every free moment to explore our country, visiting famous tourist destinations and those known only to the locals. We are always looking for interesting places to visit and we would like to hear it from you, send us information about your hometown or place you discovered!

Kreševo is a small town located in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 36,5 kms from Sarajevo. With only 5 thousand inhabitants, you probably believe that there is nothing special or interesting about this town. The area of Kreševo was inhabited since the Neolithic and was intensified during the Roman Empire. Later during the Medieval times German blacksmiths inhabited this area. In village Vranici we saw remains of the small Roman bridge and old bell called Ta’te, this bosnian bell is made out of two iron plates. Ta’te produce melodic and ear-pleasing sounds when played. The bell was built during the Ottoman Empire when the bells were forbidden for one period of time.  Kreševo area is well known as a place where Tito’s potential heir Džamal Bijedić and his wife lost their lives in plane crash (it is still believed that it was an assassination).

We didn’t know much about Kreševo but we heard about growing speleologist interest about minerals and crystals. We contacted local tour guide and amateur speleologist and arranged our visit to Kreševo. After we arrived in Kreševo we continued our trip to previously mentioned Vrančići village where “Oberska rupa”, a cave in a canyon of the small river Kostajnica, is located. The cave used to be a medieval ore mine, probably of cinnabar, and it was the last mine of this type in the area.

The cave itself has not been systematically explored, and previous data about it are only the result of individual research. In many caves, including “Oberska rupa”, there are rare minerals and crystals all of which attract the more curious as well as experts who are in search of underground adventures. It is striking in its rich decorations of – stalactites, draperies, and other impressive natural formations.

At the same time the cave is scary and incredible. We were inside for one hour without thinking what could happen if some rock broke off the cliff and close the exit of the cave. We were enchanted by cave decorations. We found some crystals and minerals inside of cave and also get one as a gift from our guide.

Besides the untamed and vastly undiscovered landscapes Kreševo offers you history and culture. Locally famous Father Grga Martić served in Franciscan monastery in Kreševo. He was a writer and translator (translating works of Homer and Goethe), and had very different political stands through his life. Franciscan monastery in Kreševo like any other Bosnian monastery has been collecting historical items, books and knowledge. Here you can visit small museum, library and the church  and find out more about this region.

One specific thing about Kreševo, that we unfortunately haven’t been able to see in person, is the art of egg-shoeing. In the past young man had to prove their blacksmithing skills by putting a horseshoe on the raw egg without breaking it.

Kreševo is an old town, that is still preserving the traditional bosnian houses. Small white houses looking over the street with enclosed gardens. One walk down the street is enough to question if you have traveled through time.

We saw on big map next to Municipality building that Kreševo area is well organized with marked trails. We saw few groups with mountain bikes who use this mountain tracks for riding.

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