The 543rd anniversary of the death of Queen Katarina Kosača-Kotromanić was marked yesterday at the fortress of Duke Stjepan Kosača (Stjepan grad) in Blagaj by laying a wreath and lighting candles.
President of the Mostar City Board of the Youth of the HDZ BiH and a councilor in the City Council of the City of Mostar, Goran Bošnjak, emphasized that this is the first time that a commemoration for Katarina Kosača has been marked at this place.
“The idea was to protect the importance and role of Queen Katarina in Bosnia and Herzegovina and for the Croats in BiH, but also to protect the fortress itself, which is partly forgotten. Our goal is for this to become a tradition and to be celebrated in the same place in the years to come. Also, after laying a wreath and lighting candles, a Mass was held in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Blagaj,” said Bošnjak.
He added that instructed by the experience from Bobovac, they came up with the idea of marking the anniversary of Queen Katarina’s death at the said place, given that it was her birthplace.
Speaking about the history of Queen Katarina, Marinko Jurić from the Cultural and Artistic Society (KUD) Sveti Ante Cim said that she was born in 1424 in Blagaj.
Some historical data say that she was born a year later, and as far as her status is concerned, she was the last Bosnian queen and that is how we remember her in a way.
He pointed out that it was important to mention that she had left her Bosnia to Pope Sixtus under the invasion of the Turks.