List of World Heritage Sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Location of UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Bosnia and Herzegovina


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, following its status success at the convention on Monday, July 12, 1993, made its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. Bosnia and Herzegovina had its first sites included in 2005, and since then, has 3 sites on the list.

Below is the list and the tentative list of sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina.(For the criteria see the Selection criteria)



List of inscribed monuments[edit]

The name Name Date[1] Criteria Provinces Number Images Description
Main list [2]
Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad 2007 II,IV Republika Srpska, Sarajevo Macro Region 1260 Visegrad Drina Bridge 1.jpg
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar 2005 VI Herzegovina-Neretva Canton 946 Stari Most22.jpg
Stećaks - Mediaeval Tombstones 2016 II,III,VI Joint Cultural Heritage by the four countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia). 1504 BiH, Radimlja necropolis 5.jpg Stećak is the name for medieval tombstones that are located on the territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina (59 593), North-western Montenegro (3407), South Croatia (4497) mainly in Dalmatia, and western parts of Serbia (2267). The majority of the stećaks are in poor condition.

Stećaks and their necropolis's are one of the mysteries of the bosnian history. The biggest question historians ask themselves is the origin of the stecaks, what families the dead buried under them belonged too, and some of the symbolism of the messages inscribed onto them. The inscriptions on the stecaks talk about people from different social structures and from different religions, being buried under them. They started to appear in the mid 12th century. The majority were built between the 14th and 15th century, before stopping during the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 16th century. The stecaks were nearly forgotten during the Ottoman period. The Ottoman 'nišan' managed to take their place. Although the fame of them spread even before, the systematic study of the tombstones started during the Austro-Hungarian annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most famous stecak on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the 'Zgošćanski stećak' located near Kakanj. It doesn't have inscriptions on it, but because on the exceptional decorations on it some researchers, like Đorđe Stratimirović, theorize that it is the grave of Stephen II, Ban of Bosnia. The 'Zgošćanski stećak' is currently located in the garden of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. The Most famous necropolis in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Radimlja near Stolac

Tentative list[edit]

The following 7 sites are on the Tentative List for Bosnia and Herzegovina, meaning that the government intends to consider them for nomination in the future:[3]

The name Name Date[4] Criteria Provinces Images
Tentative list [5]
Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (N.I.) 1997 V Sarajevo City Panorama.JPG
The natural monument Vjetrenica cave with architectural ensamble of village Zavala [6] 2004 and 2007 VII,X Ravno Municipal, west end of Popovo polje Vjetrenica Cave.JPG
The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce 2006 II,III,IV,V,VI,VII Jajce municipality Vodopad u Jajcu.jpg
The historic urban site of Počitelj 2007 II,III,IV,V,VI Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Čapljina Municipality Počitelj - pano.jpg
The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj 2007 II,III,IV,V,VI,VII Blagaj - Mostar municipality, Hercegovina-Neretva kanton Blagaj 1.jpg
The natural and architectural ensemble of Blidinje 2007 I,III,IV,VI,VII,VIII,IX,X Posušje, Tomislavgrad, Jablanica, Prozor and Mostar municipality, Hercegovina-Neretva kanton (county) Blidinjsko jezero (23 ha, hl. max. 3,5 m) z Maleho Vranu.jpg
The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac 2007 II,III,IV,V,VI,VII Stolac - Stolac municipality, Hercegovina-Neretva kanton (county) Stolac.jpg

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Date is the Inscription date for the Main list and Submission date for the Tentative list
  2. ^ UNESCO Official page for main list
  3. ^ "Tentative Lists: Bosnia and herzegovina". UNESCO. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Date is the Inscription date for the Main list and Submission date for the Tentative list
  5. ^ UNESCO Official page for Tentative list UNESCO Official page for main list
  6. ^ Submitted two times, in 2004 and in 2007

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