Visoko

B&H

Visoko is a city located in the Zenica-Doboj Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As of 2013, it has a population of 41,352 inhabitants. Located between Zenica and Sarajevo, Visoko lies where the river Fojnica joins the Bosna. The municipality is organized into 25 local communities.

Bosnian pyramids

Visočica is a hill overlooking the town of Visoko. In October 2005, Bosnian native and author Semir Osmanagić claimed that this hill and several surrounding hills concealed pyramids.

Scientific investigations of the site show there is no pyramid. Additionally, scientists have criticised the Bosnian authorities for supporting the pyramid claim saying, “This scheme is a cruel hoax on an unsuspecting public and has no place in the world of genuine science.”

Bosnian archaeologists have asked that the government cancel the digging permits given to Osmanagić and concentrate on work on the medieval town.

Economy

Traditional Bosnian facility for processing leatherThe building on the right side of the picture was the former center of the company Velepromet from the time of Socialist Yugoslavia

Visoko, experienced intensive modernization during the socialist era until 1991 with industrial exports accounting for a significant proportion of the town’s economic activity. Official Yugoslav data from 1991 state that Visoko achieved over 1 million dollars worth of export. The town’s economy was led by 20 sizable enterprises operating in the leather and textile industrial sectors led by KTK and Vitex,

Bosnian War left much of industry destroyed where damages are estimated at around 400 million KM (Convertible mark). Still, even the heavy bombardment by artillery and aircraft didn’t stop Visoko’s industry from producing goods for the army and civil population of Visoko and area.

Tourism

From 2006, Visoko is home to tens of thousands tourists because of Semir Osmanagić Bosnian pyramid claims.

Society and culture

National monuments and architecture

There are 6 National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Visoko:

  • Mile, place of gathering of medieval Bosnian nobility, and was one of the places where Stanak was held.
  • Neolithic settlement in Okolište, biggest Butmir culture site.
  • Old town of Visoki, fortress above today’s Visoko.
  • The architectural ensemble of the Orthodox Church of St Procopius of Scythopolis.
  • Franciscan monastery of saint Bonaventure.
  • The architectural ensemble of the Tabačka (Tabačica) mosque in Visoko.

Šerefudin’s White Mosque is of great architectural importance to the city and area. The mosque’s architect was Zlatko Ugljen. Its most notable award came in 1983, when it received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Museums

In Visoko there is a homeland museum which exhibits the cultural and historic heritage of the Visoko area, and Bosnia. Most of the exhibits are related to the medieval Bosnian state, because the Visoko valley (Mile, Biskupići and Moštre) was once the center of the Bosnian kingdom. In the museum there are many objects and documents from Middle Ages, one of which is a fragment of the old castle and town of Visoki. In Goduša there is an extension of the museum where there are antique works of old Goduša’s crafts, which are mostly woodcarving.

Health

Visoko has a health centre with polyclinic which was built in 1953. In 2006 polyclinic was modernized with modern laboratory and computer equipment.

Contact

City of Visoko
email
info@visoko.gov.ba.
address
Alije Izetbegovića 12A, 71300 Visoko
phone
032/732-500