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Mostar - the city of poetryA city of stone on stone, historical, political, scientific and cultural center of Herzegovina lies at the foot of the slopes of Velez Mountain, in the Neretva River valley.
It is a city of sun, greenery and flowers, with a mild Mediterranean climate, even fragrances from the sea reaching it. Mostar is the city of contrasts, wide roads, narrow streets, the traditional Kujundziluk (old bazaar) and a contemporary center, a city in which the culture and art of the east and west meet, which have left visible traces that have with stood the test of natural forces and rulers.
Next to modernly built edifices there rise the towers of churches and the minarets of mosques. Nonetheless, the most magnificent stone monument is the Stari Most (Old Bridge), built in 1566 according to the plans of Hayruddin, the great Turkish builder of the 16th c. it has a large stone arch and has been entered on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
SarajevoSarajevo is a multicultural city, unique in terms of religion in Europe, often compared to Jerusalem or New York, a city of friendship and cordiality, with open and straightforward people. The religious buildings of four of the most important religions in the world are located in the center itself, within only a few minutes walk of each other. It is a city where historical buildings of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and modern times intertwine. The city will be remembered by all of those who visited Sarajevo in 1984, when the magnificent winter Olympic Games where held there, which were then proclaimed as the best ones organized ever.
Sarajevo is one of the rare capital cities in the world that can offer its visitors all of the possibilities of winter tourism. On the surrounding mountains, Bjela�nica, Igman, Jahorina, where the best Olympians competed in the past, even the most demanding of skiers can find what they are looking for. Sarajevo is the capital and the largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina with about 400 000 inhabitants, the administrative, commercial, cultural and university center of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Banja LukaBanja Luka is a city of greenery, with many gardens, parks and tree-lined walk.
Banja Luka is called the city of youth, sports, and beautiful women. It is an economic and cultural center, as well as the capital city of the Republic of Srpska, and, with its approx. 250 000 inhabitants, is the second city in size in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the Vrbas River, in a depression at the transition of the Dinaric Mountains to the south and the Pannonian basin to the north.
It has a moderate, continental climate, with warm summers and moderately cold winters. In the area of Banja Luka and its surroundings, the development of human communities from prehistoric times to the present can be followed.
Along the road, the Romans build camps, civilian settlements, as well as places for rest and recreation, such as the therme by the sources of medicinal thermal water.
Bihac - The royal cityBihac is located in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the Una, "the river of life", in Bihac Field, between spurs of Pljesevica and Grmec mountains. In the past, Bihac was one of the main cities of the Kingdom of Croatia, at times even its seat.
The oldest of the city was the Okrugla kula (tower), while just below it were churches, monasteries and residential houses. Bihac was formed and developed as an urban, economic and trade center at a crossroads. The city was well fortified, encircled by double walls with loopholes and towers.
Bihac was conquered by the Turks in 1592, as the larger city in this area. It then became a significant center of administration, commerce, and trade. Above the left bank of the Una, to the north-west of Bihac, there lies the medieval city-fortress of Ostrozac.
Blagaj "The power of water protruding from rock"At the foot of medieval Stjepan-grad, "the city of powerful duke" Stjepan Vuksic Kosaca, lies a town with one of the strongest and most beautiful karst springs - the source of the Buna River.
Water protrudes from a large cave opening, above which is a steep, 50m high cliff, and under it lies old dervish Muslim monastery, a unique natural and cultural monument, and an invaluable religious-residential building of Islamic architecture of the 16th c., with Baroque elements.
The ruins of Stjepan-grad are located above Blagaj, on a cliff of Mount Hum, in the past a strong stone fortification with towers and loopholes. This was the seat of the last local ruler of Hum, Duke Stjepan Vuksic Kosaca.
Jajce - The city of Bosnian kingsJajce is a city in central Bosnia, in the Jajce basin, at the confluence of the Pliva and Vrbas rivers, which have always been characterized by unique natural beauties, while crucial historical events have take place here since distant times to the present day. Eight historical layers can be discerned in Jajce. Jajce is witness to 4 empires and 3 kingdoms. Three global monotheist religions meet here. In Jajce, six architectural styles can be discerned.
Jajce has 22 national monuments. In 2007, Jajce submitted the required UNESCO nomination documentation to be placed on the World Heritage List. Monuments from ancient times and the Middle Ages have been preserved in Jajce: Mithras temple, from 4th c., St Catherine's Church, Franciscan monastery, Medvjed Tower and the Town Gates, as well as many others. The city is surrounded by forest covered mountains, and there are also two lakes, as well as the wonderful Pliva Waterfall (22,5m) in the very center of the city.
Konjic - embraced by the Neretva and guarded by PrenjThe city is known for "the Hercegovinian sky, smiling faces and skilled hands" that the Neretva River connects and divides.
It is surrounded by the highest mountain massifs of Herzegovina, Prenj (2120m), Bjelasnica (2067m), Bitovnja (1744m), and there are two lakes in the vicinity: the natural Boracko jezero and the artificial Jablanicko jezero.
Medjugorje - Shrine to the Queen of PeaceMedjugorje is located only 29 km from Mostar. The name of the settlement is of Slavic origin and means "among mountains". Since 1981, Medjugorje has become the most famous and most visited pilgrimage place and shrine in this part of Europe, visited by million of pilgrims from all over the world. In the village of Bijakovici at the place of Podbrdo, from June 24 1981, the Virgin Mary had appeared every day to a group of children from Medjugorje. Since then, Medjugorje has become a unique phenomenon.