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Where is Konjic?
Konjic is exactly where it should be, in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina, close enough to the south, north, east and west!
Konjic is a town and center of the Municipality with same name, located in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in the north of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. Natural-geographically, Konjic belongs to the region of Planinska (Mountain) Herzegovina, ie the Bosnia-Herzegovina High Karst. According to the final results of the Census, 25 148 inhabitants live in Konjic Municipality, inhabiting an area of 1 169 km2. Konjic Municipality is territorialy one of the largest municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the younger Stone Age, there was a human settlement on the site of todays Konjic, and the first known people in the Konjic area were the Illyrians. In historical-geographical terms, Konjic was first mentioned under that name in 1382, and written sources are found in the Dubrovnik Archives.
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The Konjic Municipality
The Konjic Municipality is characterized by a large number of developed economic activities, which form the basis of economic development. First of all, the potential of Konjic Municipality lies in the large forest and agricultural land, developed dedicated industry, hydrological potential and increasingly represented tourism.
Konjic is characterized by numerous tourist potentials, among which the center of tourist offer are Boracko and Jablanicko Lake, the valley of the river Neretva, the mountains Prenj, Bjelasnica and Visocica, as well as numerous cultural and historical attractions. Among other things, the Old bridge in city core of Konjic is a symbol of this city and the wider Herzegovina region.
More than 3000 stećak tombstones in the Konjic Municipality, testify to the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Middle Ages.
Not far from the city center of Konjic is ''the most famous secret of the former SFR Yugoslavia'', Tito's bunker, which, due to its importance in 2011, was proclaimed as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A recognizable Konjic brand is woodcarving, which, due to its importance and recognition, has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The registration of Konjic woodcarving on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage is of utmost importance for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as such encourages further activities to preserve the rich intangible cultural heritage of our country and demonstrates a strong commitment to the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible cultural heritage.
Wood carving from the town of Konjic in Bosnia and Herzegovina is listed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This was decided at a session of the Committee on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South Korea on December 06, 2019. The nomination process for Konjic woodcarving began in 2014 in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports and the local community in Konjic, which inherits this element.
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- 1244. - 1382.
- 1454 - 1649.
- 1682. - 1878.
- 2007. - 2010.
- 1882. - 1889.
- 1884- 1901.
- 1904. - 1945.
- 03.03.1945. - 1957.
- 1964. - 1979.
- 2003. - 2006.
- 2011. - 2015.
The letter of the Croatian King Bela IV in the list of Bosnian parishes states the Parish of Neretva. It was an independent parish, neither Bosnian nor Humic. Later it would come within the framework of the medieval Bosnian state, and much later it would be Bosnian and Humic.
In one inscription of the Bosnian court on the Neretva, it is mentioned a settlement on the ground of nowadays Konjic, but not yet with the name Konjic.
Dingcheng June 16, 1382.
On 16th of June, 1382. Konjic was first mentioned under that name. On day that a merchant caravan went across Konjic to Dubrovnik, the city of Konjic was first mentioned in written form. The same year Konjic is mentioned by the historian Jiricek. This was the time of the development of trade traffic between the Republic of Dubrovnik and the interior. That means, that the Konjic emerged in the Middle Ages as a border town of the Humic state, on an important path that connected Bosnia with Dubrovnik. Since then, on June 16, every year is celebrated as Konjic Municipality Day.
The arrival of the Ottomans and the construction of the first han and caravans.
The beginning of Ottoman rule in Konjic and nowadays Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Tekijska Mosque in Konjic was built.
The Old Stone Bridge in Konjic was built.
The Sarajevo – Ivan sedlo – Konjic – Jablanica – Mostar roads started with use, so the old “Mostar road” Konjic – Boracko Lake – Prenj – Porim – Mostar lost its importance.
Konjic falls under Austro-Hungarian rule.
The architectural ensemble of the Repovacka mosque in Konjic is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The National Monument is consisted of the mosque and harem.
The historic monument church of St. Vaslije Veliki in Konjic with movable heritage (five icons) is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- The historic site with two stećak tombstones at Gromile in the village of Racica, Municipality Konjic, is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- The historic site of the Cesmina glava necropolis with stecak tombstones in Odžaci, Municipality Konjic, is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Old stone bridge in Konjic was completely restored and put in use.
Natural and historical area in the village of Gorani, Konjic municipality, designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The National Monument is consisted of: necropolises with stećak tombstones at the sites of Velija, Sarcevina, Klokotje and Trnovnik, a Muslim cemetery, and the site and remains of the mosque (Hadzi-Sahman mosque) in Gorani.
Cultural Landscape – by the Decision of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments village Lukomir was designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Cultural landscape of Blatacko Lake with part of the Rakitnica river canyon, prehistoric burial mounds, necropolises with stećak tombstones and muslim tombstones known as nišan, Blace settlement in Konjic municipality, was proclaimed as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The birth house of the writer Zulfikar Zuko Dzumhur was reconstructed.
Lazar Drljaca, painter and artist from Konjic was born.
Railway track from Metkovic to Mostar was put into circulation.
A voluntary theater association was founded in Konjic.
The first theatrical performance of Kosta Trifkovic’s “One Love Letter” was held in Konjic
The railway line from Mostar through the Neretva valley over Jablanica – Konjic – Ivan to Sarajevo road was put into circulation.
The administrative building of the Kotarski Office (todays building of Konjic Municipality) in Konjic was built, at a cost equivalent to 22.8 kilograms of dry gold.
Josip Vancas designed the Roman Catholic Church of St. Ivan Krstitelj.
Eugen Pecarlic was named as a teacher and first warden of the National Elementary School in Konjic.
During this period, the Roman Catholic Church of St. Ivan Krstitelj was under construction.
The Orthodox Church of St. Vasilije Veliki was built in Konjic, in the settlement of Varda.
Soldiers of the 23rd Battalion from the Konjic Military Barracks erected a fountain in front of the Repovacka Mosque (1894- KOCZY Brunnen) in gratitude to Kotar Chief Anton Koczy. It has been renovated and today serves to the citizens of Konjic and other visitors.
At the Millennium Exhibition held in Budapest, the Konjic woodcarver Ilija Arapovic exhibited his banners etc. Until today, Konjic is a city in which this craft at the same time has artistic skill and a worldwide significance.
Croatian reading room was established in Konjic.
Tennis court on settlement Pleha was opened.
A Muslim reading room was established in Konjic.
The interior of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Ivan Krstitelj in Konjic was finished.
The Austro-Hungarian Emperor and King Franjo Josip passed through nowadays Konjic.
The bell tower of the Roman Catholic church of St. Ivan Krstitelj in Konjic was constructed.
Konjic woodcarvers Sulejman Hadzizukic and Salko Alagic made the icon for the Orthodox Church of St.Vasilije Veliki, and it was painted in 1929 by the academic painter Sreto Domic.
The Konjic area belonged to the Yugoslavia.
Konjic joined the Independent State of Croatia.
In World War II, Konjic witnessed great fighting (IV enemy offensive, battle on the Neretva River, Prenj, Ivan sedlo …), and on March 3, 1945, Konjic met the long-desired freedom.
Old stone bridge in Konjic was demolished by German army when liberating city from invaders.
After World War II, Boracko Lake became a center for recreation. The Prenj Resort was built in 1948. with a capacity of 46 beds.
Mountaineering Association ”Borašnica” was formed.
The facility “Borasnica” was built in 1949. with capacity of 35 beds and a restaurant.
Began secret construction of the D-0 ARK facility, or Tito’s atomic shelter, began.
Began development of the wood processing industry in Konjic.
It was built The Cultural Center, a meeting place for Konjic writers, theaters, actors, dancers, musicians, painters, etc.
1964. do 1971.
During this period, on Boracko Lake were made 30 wooden campsites with 90 beds. Thus, in 1971 Boracko Lake had five masonry buildings with 147 beds and 30 wooden campsites with 90 beds. Boracko Lake, at the subjacent of Prenj Mountain, at an altitude of 450 m, is one of the most beautiful natural lakes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is 21 km far from Konjic and has an ellipse shape.
From Sarajevo via Konjic – Jablanica – Mostar – Capljina – Metkovic to Ploce (Kardeljevo), was built a normal track, electrified and put into circulation. Austro – German tourist brochures wrote about Konjic as a place with outstanding tourism potential.
One of the stećak tombstones today located on the Varda was erected in front of the Yugoslav Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Montreal, Canada.
Died Lazar Drljaca, a painter and the last self named Bogomil.
Dr. Pavao Andjelic published research works performed in the sense of recording and collecting data on (stecak) tombstones.
Completed construction of the former Yugoslavia’s best-kept secret, the D-0 ARK military facility, now known as Tito’s atomic shelter,.
Commission to Preserve National Monuments proclaimed Historic Building – Remains of Old Stone Bridge in Konjic as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Architectural ensemble – The Franciscan monastery in Konjic has been declared a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Archeological monuments within the Varda Park below the Konjic Community Center are hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Tangible monument – a collection of wood-carving products known as the “Mulic Record” Museum in Konjic, designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The National Monument is consisted of 63 objects. The National Monument is the property of Sejfudin Vila and it is located in the family home of Zulejha Vila in Konjic on Varda Street.
- The architectural ensemble – the Carsija (Junuz-caus) mosque in Konjic has been declared as a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- The architectural ensemble – the Tekijska (Mehmed-caus) mosque in Konjic has been declared as a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mosque and harem of the mosque are a national monuments.
- Historic building – Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Pavle in Borci, Konjic Municipality, designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Movable items – The Niksic Family’s Furniture Collection, the property of Besim Niksic in Konjic, is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The National Monument consists of 18 items. The National Monument is the property of Besim Niksic and is housed in the family house of Fikret and Armin Niksic and in the office space of Adem Niksic, on Varda Street in Konjic.
- The site and remains of the historic building – Santica villa in Borci near Konjic has been declared as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Historic building – The Old Mosque in Gornja Mahala, Seonica, Konjic Municipality, is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The movable items of Armin Niksic’s family furniture collection is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The National Monument is consisted of 5 items. The National Monument is the property of Armin Niksic and is situated in the family house and business premises of Armin Niksic in Varda street, Konjic.
Heritage Musem of Konjic town was officialy opened.
Historic building – Surkovica (Odzakovic) tower in Odzaci, Konjic municipality, was proclaimed as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Zuko Dzumhur’s mural in Konjic has been declared as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Cultural Landscape – Dolovi – Poljice in Konjic Municipality, designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The architectural ensemble – Army War Command, D-0 ARK facility, better known as Tito’s Atomic Shelter, has been designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Commission for the Preserve of National Monuments.
Historic Site – Obri, Konjic Municipality, was designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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