Travnik: Former Bosnian capital and birthplace of Nobel Prize laureate (VIDEO)

Travnik: Former Bosnian capital and birthplace of Nobel Prize laureate (VIDEO)

Once the capital city of the governors of Bosnia from 1699 to 1850, the city of Travnik is situated in central Bosnia. The city was also the birthplace of the Bosnian Nobel Prize laureate Ivo Andric, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961 for his book titled Na Drini Cuprija (The Bridge in the Drina).

The city was built in the Lasva valley and river Lasva passes right through it. It is found 514 metres above sea level.

Despite evidence of earlier settlements, Travnik's true history begins during the first few centuries AD. In the Middle Ages, the Travnik area was known as the zupa Lasva province of the medieval Bosnian Kingdom.

The area is first mentioned in 1244 by Bela IV of Hungary who was the King of Hungary and Croatia between 1235 and 1270.
After the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia in the 15th century, the city grew into one of the more important settlements in the region.

During 1699 when Sarajevo was set ablaze by soldiers of Field-Marshal Prince Eugene of Savoy, Travnik became the capital of the Ottoman province of Bosnia and residence of the Bosnian viziers.

Today, Travnik looks like a perfect blend of historical periods and a gem among many other such cities in the country.

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