The Yugoslavian authorities established several memorial sites between 1945 and 1960, though widespread building started after the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement. Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito commissioned several memorial sites and monuments in the 1960s and 70s dedicated to World War II battle, and concentration camp sites. They were designed by notable sculptors, including Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, and architects, including Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković. After Tito’s death, a small number was built, and the monuments were popular visitor attractions in the 1980s as patriotic sites, and since the Yugoslav Wars and the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the sites are abandoned and have lost their importance. (Source Wiki) I’ve traveled 4307km’s in 8 days through 7 countries and more then 30 cities to find these monuments (The Kosovo monuments were done separately which in total 2728km’s were traveled in 3 days). Most of them were built on hard to reach high mountains, most of them abandoned and deemed to be forgotten. A few were still maintained and well kept to preserve the history behind them. Some were blown up into pieces. The word ‘Spomenik’ in serbian can bring either good or bad vibes. Depending […] Read More
Jerusalem of Europe. That seems to be the catch phrase for Sarajevo at the moment. Does it deserve it? Absolutely. Sarajevo has been a cross-road city for centuries. Starting from the Ottoman era till the Yugoslav wars, its been a centre for trades and cultural exchange. Its hard not to notice the amount of churches, mosques and synagogues sharing the same walls. People from different religious backgrounds living together side by side. The spark started during the Ottoman Era with the Muslims, Catholics and Jews coming from all over from Europe and the Middle East until it ended with the Nazi regime at WWII and the Yugoslav wars. After Bosnia and Herzegovina’s independence in 1992 things are going back to how they were, yet to become Jerusalem of Europe again. The one thing that will catch your eye while in Sarajevo is the amount of buildings with bullet holes, completely crumbling or abandoned. Seems the scars from the war is still kept alive. Although there is a lot construction efforts taking place to remove these horrible memories. From an outsiders perspective its good to see what war can do to a city, a country and its people. The next thing you’ll […] Read More