Seven Wonders Of Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Bosnia as a country has so much beauty that many people are still unaware off it until they see this. Unfortunately the country was torn by war in the last decades, nevertheless now in time of peace tourists are exploring Bosnia in larger numbers every year. When they come home back from their trips and tours they share their photos of Bosnia and spread them over the internet as they are amazed by it’s beauty. This is specifically a country that was shaped by different religions and cultures that range from Austro-Hungarian to Ottoman architecture that influenced this small Slavic culture! Today Bosnia is still a proud Slavic country that can boast with it’s specific uniqueness due to foreign cultural influences making it one of a kind Slavic country that you won’t find anywhere else! Enjoy your short trip through this amazing land:

1# Old Bridge, Mostar

Stari Most (English: Old Bridge) is a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed in Yugoslav wars. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004. One of the country’s most recognizable landmarks, it is also considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans and was designed by Mimar Hayruddin, a student and apprentice of the famous architect Mimar Sinan.

2# Sutjeska National Park

The Sutjeska National Park is a national park located in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Republika Srpska entity. Established in 1962, it is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s oldest national park. It includes the highest peak of Maglić at over 2,386 metres (7,828 ft), on the border with Montenegro. The Montenegrin part of Maglić massif in the park has also formed the Trnovačko Jezero (Trnovačko Lake). The Strict Nature Reserve “Perućica”, one of the last two remaining primeval forests in Europe, is part of the park. The park is also famous as being the location of the Battle of the Sutjeska in 1943 during World War II. It is an affiliated member of EUROPARC Federation.

3# The Una river

Una National Park was established 2006 around the Upper Una River and Unac River. It’s a Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recently established National Park, of only three existing in the country so far. The main purpose of the park is to protect unspoiled Una and Unac rivers which runs through it. Protection zone of the National Park stretches on the western side from the source of the Krka River and its course to the confluence with the Una on the state border of Bosnia and Herzegovina with Croatia from where park border follows the Una and state border to the town of Martin Brod and confluence with the Unac.

4# Bosnian Pyramid, Visoko

The Bosnian pyramids are an unusual and beautiful natural hill formation that reminds visitors of famous Pyramids that can be found in Egypt or Latin America. Also there was a pseudo-archaeological claim promoted by author Semir Osmanagić, that a cluster of natural hills in central Bosnia and Herzegovina are the largest human-made ancient pyramidson Earth. The hills are located near the town of Visoko, northwest of Sarajevo. Visočica hill, where the old town of Visoki was once sited, came to international attention in October 2005, following a news-media campaign by Osmanagić and his supporters.

5# Dinaric Alps, Bosnia

The Dinaric Alps or Dinarides your destionation if you love hiking. These mountains are a form a mountain chain in Southern Europe, spanning areas of Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Slovenia. They extend for 645 kilometres (401 mi) along the coast of the Adriatic Sea (northwest-southeast), from the Julian Alps in the northwest down to the Šar-Korab massif, where the mountain direction changes to north-south. The highest mountain of the Dinaric Alps is Mount Prokletije, located on the border of eastern Montenegro and northern Albania, with the peak called “Lake Crest” at 2,694 metres (8,839 ft).

6# Lukomir

Lukomir is a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina situated in the municipality of Konjic. Lukomir is the highest altitude and most remote village in the entire country. Lukomir sits at an altitude of 1,495 m on the Bjelašnica mountain. Stećci originating from the 14th and 15th century exist at the village and suggest that it was inhabited for hundreds of years. The homes in the area are made of stone while their roofs are composed of wooden tiles. The Rakitnica canyon is located nearby and is said to be the origin of a dragon by local folklore.

7# Stećci – Medieval tombstones

Stećak is the name for monumental medieval tombstones that lie scattered across Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the border parts of Croatia, Montenegro andSerbia, although almost exclusively following the borders of the medieval Bosnian Kingdom. An estimated 60,000 are found within the borders of modern Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rest of 10,000 are found in what are today Croatia (5,000), Serbia (2,000), and Montenegro (3,000). Appearing in the 11th century, the tombstones reached their peak in the 14th and 15th century, before disappearing during the Ottoman occupation. They were a common tradition amongst Bosnian Church, Catholic and Orthodox followers.

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