Location of Kreševo within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|Country||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|• Municipality president||Zdravko Miličević (independent)|
|• Total||149 km2 (58 sq mi)|
|Population (2013 census)|
|• Density||38/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+387 30|
• Alagići • Bjelovići • Botunja • Bukva • Crkvenjak • Crnićki Kamenik • Crnići • Deževice • Drežnice • Gunjani • Kojsina • Komari • Kreševo • Kreševski Kamenik • Lipa • Mratinići • Pirin • Poljani • Polje • Rakova Noga • Ratkovići • Stojčići • Vidosovići • Vodovoji • Volujak • Vranci • Zvizd
- 5,284 Croats (76.12%)
- 1,484 Bosniaks (21.38%)
- 118 Serbs (1.70%)
- 23 Yugoslavs (0.33%)
- 32 others (0.47%)
In 1991 there were 6,699 inhabitants of the Kreševo municipality: 4,738 Croats (70.73%), 1,527 Bosniaks (22.79%), 249 Yugoslavs (3.72%), 33 Serbs (0.49%), and 152 others (2.27%). The town of Kreševo had 2,341 residents: 72% Croats, 19% Bosniaks, 6% Yugoslavs, 1% Serbs and 2% others..
Famed for his Christian writings and as a master of the Croatian language, Father Grga Martić was recorded in history, particularly Franciscan history, as one of Bosnia's greatest writers. He taught and wrote in a remote valley tucked below the Bitovnja and Lopata mountains in the tiny town of Kreševo.
The Franciscan monastery there has been serving its community for centuries and the Catholic traditions here are very strong. The monastery has a rustic museum, library and gallery, and, as in most Franciscan monasteries in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Franciscans Fathers are very welcoming to visitors. Famous student of Franciscan seminary in Kreševo was Albanian poet Gjergj Fishta. With no more than a few thousand inhabitants, medieval Kreševo expanded with the arrival of German blacksmiths. In several areas of Bosnia, small German and Dubrovnik mining communities were established. The noble families of the Bosnian state were keen to exploit the plentiful resources of gold and silver but they didn't have the skills to do so. The craft was passed on from these migrant miners and can be found today in the old town.
Kreševo is known for its old Bosnian architecture. The walls are made of clay and straw plaster and the roof tiles are specially treated cherry-tree shingles. The village of Vranci, just a few kilometers from Kreševo, is home to the finest examples of this old type of building. There is also an interesting 'holy spot' at a medicinal water spring at Deževice called St. Jakov Water, named after a 15th-century Bosnian vicar.
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- Official website of Kreševo (Croatian)