26.10.2012 - UNESCO Venice Office

Old Castles of Bosnia and Herzegovina

©ICOMOS National Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Book cover

24 October is marked all around the world as the United Nations Day. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 22-24 October 2012, UN agencies held presentations of their work and organized a line of events across the country under the motto “Together for a Better World”. The monographic book titled “Old Castles of Bosnia and Herzegovina” was officially presented on 22 October 2012 in Sarajevo on the occasion of this celebration and of the 20th anniversary of the UN presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This  publication, prepared and released by ICOMOS National Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a part of the MDG-F Joint programme “Improving Cultural Understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina” financed by the Kingdom of Spain and implemented by 3 UN agencies UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of BiH and, the Ministry of Education of Culture of the Republic of Srpska. 

This book gives a complete and complex presentation of nearly 270 medieval castles/towns on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina: their listing and distribution, detailed data on their emergence and construction, archaeological researches, conservation and restoration interventions that were made, or else, their years-long state of disrepair and a lack of care, characteristic  ground plans and photo documentation.

"I do not think that it is necessary to explain why UNESCO, together with the colleagues from the UN, and upon the recommendation of BiH partners, decided to support this highly significant project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project expands our knowledge about the ancient towns of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also enriches our cultural heritage," said Sinisa Sesum, Senior Programme Officer of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy) at the opening presentation on behalf of UNESCO and UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This book crowns a group effort of experts from across the country, who believed that such a publication should instigate a more adequate relation towards medieval castles/towns, and hence new  archaeological and scientific researches, protection and preservation measures of original values, and their integration into contemporary social and economic trends.  

In addition to the editor, Ferhad Mulabegovic, a number of authors have contributed to the development of this publication: Azer Alicic, Mirko Babic, Lidija Fekeza-Martinovic, Tihomir Glavas, Azra Hadzic, Mirko Jandric, Dubravko Lovrenovic, Mirzet Mujadzic, Aleksandar Ninkovic, Milijana Okilj, Sanda Pudaric, Vjekoslava Sankovic-Simcic and Dzenana Saran.

The MDG-F Joint Programme “Improving Cultural Understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)” is a three-year programme financed by the Spanish Fund for the Achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F). It is being implemented by the three UN Agencies UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of BiH, the Ministry of Education and Culture of BiH, as well as other institutions working in the area of education and culture.

Link: Together for a Better World – 20 Years of the UN Presence in BiH




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