Šuica (Tomislavgrad)

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Šujica Valley
Šujica Valley
Šuica is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates: 43°50′19″N 17°11′02″E / 43.83861°N 17.18389°E / 43.83861; 17.18389
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Entity Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Canton Canton 10
Municipality Tomislavgrad
Historical region Tropolje
Elevation 925 m (3,035 ft)
Population (1991)
 • Total 1,446
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 80249[1]

Šuica (or Šujica) is a village in the municipality of Tomislavgrad in western Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]

The village is named after the river Šuica. The very name, signifies not only the settlement but also the area of Šuica Valley around the upper course of the river where there are several villages situated at the crossroads of Bosnia, Dalmatia and Herzegovina.[3]


Area of the Šujica Valley was inhabited at least since the time of the Illyrians. Among the few remains of the Illyrian tribe Delmatae there are several tombs. More archaeological remains date from the time of Roman rule in this area. Through the Valley passed the Roman trade and military road connecting cities of Salona and Servitium. It passed east of the river Šujica source in Stržanj where a fortress that served as a watchtower was located.[4]

The name of Šuica was first mentioned in 1516 in the Ottoman census of taxpayers as a settlement in nahiye Kupres in the kadiluk of Neretva. The census mentions the village Šuica with seven Christian houses. Fifteen years later, the second list mentions 34 residents of Šuica who serves as guardians of the gorge (probably Stržanj) and were thus exempt from all taxes except the one for cereals.[5]

In 1550, it was noted that the Venetian ambassador Catarino Zeno who was on his way to Istanbul, stayed in Šuica.[5]

Bishop Pavo Dragicevic who was on a pastoral visit to the extinct Diocese of Duvno in 1741 and 1742, registered that there are 5 houses and 46 residents in Šuica, while in 1768 bishop Marijan Bogdanović registered 14 houses and 161 residents.[5]


Map of the Šujica Valley


The population of Šuica was as follows:[6]

year of census 1991. 1981. 1971.
Croats 1.313 (90,80%) 1.345 (90,81%) 1.365 (90,87%)
Muslims by nationality 119 (8,22%) 123 (8,30%) 121 (8,05%)
Serbs 2 (0,13%) 3 (0,20%) 12 (0,79%)
Yugoslavs 3 (0,20%) 6 (0,40%) 0
others and unknown 9 (0,62%) 4 (0,27%) 4 (0,26%)
ukupno 1.446 1.481 1.502


Church of saint Anthony

In the plain Bara (Marsh) below the hill on which the village Bogdašić is located, lies unexplored the archaeological site Crkvine. The name (Croatian word crkva means church) indicates that there are remains of the church. The remains were further damaged because the area is not protected and because in the past the people took and used the stones from the site.[7]

Among the significant buildings in the village is Catholic church of saint Anthony of Padua. The original church was built of stone in 1872, eight years after the establishment of the parish based in Šujica. The bell tower of the church was built in 1962. In 1969 the old church was razed to the ground and then new one was built which still exists.[8]


In the local community exists a football club Šujica (Croatian: Nogometni klub Šujica), founded in 16 October 1972. It competes in the inter-cantonal league of Herzeg-Bosnia Canton and West Herzegovina Canton.[9]

In 2008 the taekwondo club Šujica was founded.[10]

Šuica Half Marathon[edit]

Šuica Half Marathon
Date August
Location Kupres, Šuica
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established 2006; 11 years ago (2006)
Course records 1:09:46

The Šuica Half Marathon (Croatian: Šujički polumaraton) is an annual half marathon road running race. It starts in Kupres, passes through Kupres Plateau and finishes in the village of Šujica. The altitude of Kupres Plateau that goes above 1000m and summer temperatures represent an additional challenge for runners. Among the known participants of this half marathon were Lisa Nemec, Đuro Kodžo, Milan Bandić and Marija Vrajić.[11][12]

Famous residents[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Šuica Poštanski broj (Bosnа i Hercegovinа)". rs.postcode.info. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Official results from the book: Ethnic composition of Bosnia-Herzegovina population, by municipalities and settlements, 1991. census, Zavod za statistiku Bosne i Hercegovine - Bilten no.234, Sarajevo 1991.
  3. ^ Cvetković, Maja. "Slikovito planinsko mjesto". mcvetkovic.wordpress.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Pašalić, Jure (1997). Šujica. Zagreb: Zaklada dr. Franjo Nevistić. 
  5. ^ a b c Šarac, Ivica. "Zemljopisni nazivi duvanjskog kraja: Šujica". mandino-selo.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.fzs.ba/Podaci/nacion%20po%20mjesnim.pdf
  7. ^ Brajko, Ante. "Urežnjaci iz Šuice iliti velika knjiga o maloj župi". hrsvijet.net. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "O župi Šujica". samostan-tomislavgrad.info. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "NK Šujica proslavio 40 godina postojanja!". tgportal.net. TGportal. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Taekwondo klub Sujica ". taekwondo.ba. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Deveti Šujički polumaraton 8. kolovoza". Livno Online. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Bijedić, Ersan. "Sve veće zanimanje utrku u Šujici čini obveznom u dugoprugaškom kalendaru". Dnevni list. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 

Coordinates: 43°50′25″N 17°10′59″E / 43.8403°N 17.1831°E / 43.8403; 17.1831