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 successed the convention on Monday, July 12, 1993, making 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 Description Images
Main list [2]
Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad 2007 II,IV Republika Srpska, Sarajevo Macro Region 1260 The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge of Višegrad across the Drina River in the east of Bosnia and Herzegovina was built at the end of the 16th century by the court architect Mimar Koca Sinan on the orders of Grand Vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolović. Characteristic of the apogee of Ottoman monumental architecture and civil engineering, the bridge has 11 masonry arches with spans of 11 m to 15 m, and an access ramp at right angles with four arches on the left bank of the river. The 179.5 m long bridge is a representative masterpiece of Sinan, one of the greatest architects and engineers of the classical Ottoman period and a contemporary of the Italian Renaissance, with which his work may be compared. The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the whole site bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture. Visegrad Drina Bridge 1.jpg
Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar 2005 VI Herzegovina-Neretva Canton 946 The historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities. 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 Stećak or the medieval tombstones are the monolith stone monuments found in the regions of the present Bosnia and Herzegovina, parts of Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. The available sources suggest that they appear from the second half of the 12th century, then last through the 13th century and are intensively made and decorated in the 14th and 15th centuries. But in the 16th century they completely cease. Out of 70,000 recorded tombstones from about 3,300 sites, some 60,000 are in Bosnia and Herzegovina, about 4,400 in Croatia, about 3,500 in Montenegro and some 4,100 in Serbia. The elementary tombstone groups are the laid and the upright stone monoliths. BiH, Radimlja necropolis 5.jpg

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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