Bosnia and Herzegovina is not filled with grandiose monuments, with sites that will be on the list of every traveler, but don’t cross us over just yet.
So far 3 places from BiH have found their spot on the list of cultural sites:
Old Bridge Mostar
Old Bridge and the surrounding area, with well preserved čaršija got its place on the UNESCO Heritage Sites list in 2005. What makes Mostar so unique and beautiful are the white stone houses dating from the 15th century and the arched bridge spreading over the green Neretva river. The bridge was 495 years old before it was completely destroyed in the last war on 9th November 1993.
Since the bridge reconstruction in 2004. traditional jumps from 24 meters have come back and Mostar has become the place that more and more tourist come to visit. Just few days ago German low-cost Airline Company Eurowings has chosen Mostar as the next destination to be connected with Cologne.
Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge Višegrad
One more bridge on the list, but this one recognizable for its architect, Mimar Sinan. The most famous architect of the Ottoman period. He built this 179,50 meters long bridge with 11 masonry arches, spreading over unpredictable and fast river Drina. This masterpiece was inspiration to one of the greatest writers born in Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivo Andrić. The only writer from BiH that won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his book “The Bridge on the Drina”. If you find yourself in Ivo’s childhood town, don’t forget to visit the Memorial Classroom and listen to the story about his life. Also, read the book!
Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards
This unique graveyards that spread over Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia found their place on the list in 2016. The cemeteries, which date from the 12th to 16th centuries CE, are laid out in rows, as was the common custom in Europe from the Middle Ages. The stećci are mostly carved from limestone. They feature a wide range of decorative motifs and inscriptions that represent iconographic continuities within medieval Europe as well as locally distinctive traditions. One of the most famous and preserved necropolis is Radmilja, near Stolac. Here you can see the photographs from the necropolis we found on Igman, mountain near Sarajevo.
Besides the places that have gotten the spot on this prestige list several other places are in the Tentative list waiting to be considered: Sarajevo, Vjetrenica cave (soon you will read more about it on our blog), The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce, The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj, The natural and architectural ensemble of Blidinje, The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac and Strict Nature Reserve – Primeval forest “Perućica” (our article is coming soon!).