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Travnik is within a easy reach of Sarajevo and wel-connected by bus. It has a very pleasant town-centre which is divided by a spring and quite a few spring-side cafe. On the top of the hill there is moderately preserved Ottoman castle which is under reconstruction. neighbouring this castel there are also some traditional houses on the top of the hill. A very good view is possible from this fort. In the town centre there are couple of good sights namely, many colored mosques, birth-place of Ivo Andric, first Nobel laurett author in Serbo-Croatian. Browsing internet and cafe menu are cheaper than Sarajevo.

This is one of the few sizable town within Bosnia which has been spared from war devastation, though Muslim and Croat fighters fought in the neighbouring hills. The town is in Muslim hands today.

Travnik is situated on the Laiva, a left-hand tributary of the Bosna, 44 m. by rail N.W. of Serajevo. Pop. (1895) about 6000. Travnik is mainly built round a steep mass of rock, crowned by an ancient citadel. Several mosques, palaces, arcades and a fine bazaar, left among its narrow lanes and wooden huts, bear witness to its former prosperity, and there are some good modern barracks and public buildings.

The old name of Travnik, was last used in the 18th century. It is likely, from the number of Roman remains, that Travnik stands near the site of a Roman colony. It was a stronghold of the Bogomili during the 15th century, but its period of greatness dated from 1686, when the downfall of the Turks in Flungary caused the removal of the Bosnian government from Banjaluka, which was dangerously near the Hungarian frontier, and the Turkish governors, officially styled valis of Hungary, ruled in Travnik from 1686 to 1850.

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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2006 at 1:41 PM

    Reza, I truly enjoyed your insights into Travnik. Many helpful tips and your descriptions are concise and precise. Wonderful introduction.

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    Oct 9, 2005 at 2:20 PM

    Nice Travnik page, I would like to visit Ivo Andric Museum. Cheers!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2005 at 12:39 PM

    Very interesting to learn abut this off the beaten track place Reza, I have always thought it a shame many mosques are not open to non Muslims, Good page (~_~)

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2005 at 5:15 PM

    Great page and so interesting! Not a lot of people can say they have been here! Thanks for visiting our pages as well.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2004 at 4:38 PM

    Reza, interesting page with nice photos. I keep that place in mind for my trip to South Central Europe .... :o)

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2004 at 12:29 PM

    The kind of place that I would like to explore, nice pics also, thanks

  • saraheg77's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2004 at 8:02 AM

    Nice pictures so far!

  • CandS's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2004 at 9:13 PM

    Good page so far...would love to see more tips & pics...it looks like a fantastic place!

  • Braveheart.southafrr's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2004 at 1:59 PM

    nice tips reza now you just need your photo`s ....ken

  • jonkb's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2004 at 1:21 AM

    Nice tips offering a lot of help. DO NOT DELETE THEM.

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