Army Hall (Sarajevo)

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The Army Hall (Bosnian: Dom Armije; Officer Casino, The Military of Federation Home) is a building in Sarajevo that was built in 1881. At first, it was casino for officers and during Yugoslav times it was named Dom JNA (Bosnian for “Home of JNA (Yugoslav National Army”).[1] Today it is a national monument consisting of Officer Casino building and four paintings made by Ismet Mujezinović.

The building was made on area that early had been a graveyard. The lot had been bought from Austro-Hungarian Consulate General in 1870 and it was intended for building a catholic church, but by an order of liege man, duke Württemberg, in 1880 building of an Officer Casino started, and next year the Casino was built and ceremonially opened. In the following years, the Casino was a center of social life until a Social club has opened. There were exhibitions, public lectures at the Officer Casino, and the first concert of military music was held already in 1881.

The press cites this as the first-class cultural event in Sarajevo, attended by Baron Dahlen and Stransky and other top officials by their Excellencies, and then provides information about performed works of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Delibes and Halévy. Second concert with solo performance on piano and violin was held very soon. After that, philharmonic and other concerts were holding regularly as a tradition to a newer time in the same building and the same hall.

It is interesting fact that military chapel Franz Lehar had conducted with 50th Infantry Regiment Orchestra, and he was probably a father of famous compositor Franz Lehar (1870-1948) who lived in Sarajevo for a while.

The building of Officer Casino at first was single-store with central cube and lateral wings. Current looks and size come from 1912 when the building was extended and second floor upgraded into big festive hall. Everything was made according to the Karel Pařík project. Whole composition is strictly symmetrical with accentuated north facade whose central part is specially decorated and lateral parts slightly less. Central part dimensions are 16.5x31 meters while lateral wings have dimensions 10.5x27 meters.

At the central part on the floor there is the main content of building, a festive concert hall, which is still the best acoustic hall in Sarajevo. Dimensions of this festive hall are 20x15 meters. Four Ismet Mujezinović's, an academic painter, canvases are exhibited at the festive hall of Army Hall.

Paintings are about National Liberation Fight from Second World War: Uprising 1941, Crossing the Neretva river, In the honor of the Sutjeska fighters, Liberation of Jajce 1943.

Literature[edit]

  • Ibrahim Krzović, Arhitektura secesije u BiH, Biblioteka "Kulturno naslijeđe", Sarajevo 1987.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dom Armije u Sarajevu" (PDF). Komisija za očuvanje nacionalnih spomenika BiH. Retrieved 2017-02-09.