Vizier City


The Ottoman era renewed the glory of Travnik.

It was the principal city and military centre of the Ottoman

Empire. It was from here that the Ottomans planed their

invasions further towards the southwest. They

brought mosques, religious schools, roads and water systems.

They fortified the medieval fortress and built

a mini-city within its high stone walls. For over 150 years,

the vizier – the Ottoman Sultan's representative

in Bosnia - had his headquarters in this town, attracting

both consulates and trade. Travelers visiting Travnik

in this era were impressed by the town and called it the

European Istanbul and the most oriental town in

Bosnia. Ivo Andrić's brilliant 'Travnik Chornicle' gives

you a feel of this period.

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