In the Royal Town of Kreševo the Smith’s Fires burning for more than 2,000 Years

Kreševo 1Kreševo is an old Bosnian royal town in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It can boast with rich history, since it is a town older than Sarajevo. It was founded by miners who have been digging out ores and metals from the surrounding hills for centuries, and dealing with blacksmith trade after which they have been known around the world.

Kreševo is rich in cultural landmarks and it has eight national monuments. The entire town core is a landmark, with around 50 old, preserved houses. Foundations of some of those houses are between 300 and 400 years old. These houses are characterized by white color, made of simple materials such as stone, or adobe and wood, and covered with wooden shingles called kaplans.

Many inhabitants of the village Vranci, belonging to the Municipality of Kreševo, were specialized in production of nails and each house had blacksmith workshops. A large number of those workshops was situated along the Kreševo River. In the Middle Ages, and even later, caravans with 300-400 horses loaded with blacksmith products were sent to Dubrovnik, Belgrade, Istanbul and other places.

What is especially being preserved in this small town in central Bosnia are three necropolises of tombstones (stećci) and a Roman bridge in Vranci, which is the oldest preserved construction facility. Remains of the royal town are situated above the Franciscan monastery, surrounded by walls, so the entire area is called after those walls (Bedem). A chapel in memory of the last Bosnian queen Katarina Kosača was built in 1996 on the edge of the remains of the medieval town.

“Kreševo has a beautiful nature which fascinates tourists. It is located in a hilly area and consists of 27 inhabited places and the town center. Hills and mountains around Kreševo are up to 1,800 meters above sea level. We have also launched a tourist office which, in cooperation with associations, has a very rich offer,” said Dalibor Sičanica from the Municipality of Kreševo.

(Source: klix.ba)

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