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Grad Travnik
City of Travnik
Travnik (collage image).jpg
Coat of arms of Travnik
Coat of arms
Location of Travnik within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Location of Travnik within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Travnik is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location of Travnik within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Coordinates: 44°13?35?N 17°39?35?E / 44.22639°N 17.65972°E / 44.22639; 17.65972Coordinates: 44°13?35?N 17°39?35?E / 44.22639°N 17.65972°E / 44.22639; 17.65972
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Canton Central Bosnia
 o MayorAdmir Had?iemri? (SDA)
 o City529 km2 (204 sq mi)
514 m (1,686 ft)
(2013 census)
 o City53,482
 o Density101.10/km2 (261.8/sq mi)
 o Urban
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)(+387) 30

Travnik (Bosnian pronunciation: [trâ:?ni:k] ) is a city and the administrative center of Central Bosnia Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is situated in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, 90 kilometres (56 miles) west of Sarajevo. As of 2013, city had a population of 16,534 inhabitants, while the municipality had 53,482 inhabitants.

Historically, it was the capital city of the governors of Bosnia from 1699 to 1850, and has a cultural heritage dating from that period.[1]


Travnik is located near the geographic center of Bosnia and Herzegovina at 44°14?N 17°40?E / 44.233°N 17.667°E / 44.233; 17.667. The river La?va passes through the city, flowing from west to east before joining the Bosna. Travnik itself is built in the large La?va valley, which connects the Bosna river valley in the east with the Vrbas river valley in the west.

Travnik is found 514 metres (1,686 feet) above sea level. Its most distinguishing geographic feature are its mountains, Vilenica and Vla?i?. Vla?i?, named after the Vlachs, is one of the tallest mountains in the country at 1,933 metres (6,342 feet).

Large karst spring, the Plava Voda wellspring, rises under Vla?i? mountain, just below Travnik Castle, in the very center of Old Town of Travnik.


Travnik has a continental climate, located between the Adriatic sea to the South and Pannonia to the North. Average summer temperature is 18.2 °C (64.8 °F). Average winter temperature on the other hand is a cold 0.5 °C (32.9 °F). It snows in Travnik every year.


Although there is evidence of some settlement in the region dating back to the Bronze Age, the true history of Travnik begins during the first few centuries AD. Dating from this time there are numerous indications of Roman settlement in the region, including graves, forts, the remains of various other structures, early Christian basilicas, etc. In the city itself, Roman coins and plaques have been found. Some writing found indicates the settlement is closely connected to the known Roman colony in modern-day Zenica, 30 km (19 mi) away.

In the Middle Ages the Travnik area was known as the ?upa La?va province of the medieval Bosnian Kingdom. The area is first mentioned by Bela IV of Hungary in 1244. Travnik itself was one of a number of fortified towns in the region, with its fortress Ka?tel becoming today's old town sector. The city itself is first mentioned by the Ottomans during their conquest of nearby Jajce.

After the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia in the 15th century, much of the local population converted to Islam. The city quickly grew into one of the more important settlements in the region, as authorities constructed mosques, marketplaces, and various infrastructure. During 1699 when Sarajevo was set afire 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. The city became an important center of government in the whole Western frontier of the empire, and consulates were established by the governments of France and Austria-Hungary.

The period of Austrian occupation brought westernization and industry to Travnik, but also a reduction of importance. While cities such as Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Tuzla, and Zenica grew rapidly, Travnik changed so little that during 1991 it had a mere 30,000 or so people, with 70,000 in the entire municipality.

A large fire started by a spark from a locomotive in September 1903 destroyed most of the towns buildings and homes, leaving only some hamlets and the fortress untouched.[2] The cleanup and rebuilding took several years.[3]

From 1929 to 1941, Travnik was part of the Drina Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

During the Bosnian War, the town mostly escaped damage from conflict with Serbian forces, hosting refugees from nearby Jajce, but the area experienced fighting between local Bosniak and Croat factions before the Washington Agreement was signed in 1994. After the war, Travnik was made the capital of the Central Bosnia Canton.

Travnik Fortress


Villages within Travnik municipality
Travnik Municipality within the Central Bosnia Canton

The town of Travnik is the administrative centre of the Travnik Municipality, whose area of jurisdiction covers Travnik and the outlying villages and small towns. Travnik is also the capital of the Central Bosnia Canton, one of the ten Cantons of Bosnia. The municipality government has various bureau's dedicated to help in the running of the region, ranging from the bureau of urbanization and construction, to the bureau of refugees and displaced persons.


The economy of the Travnik region, which was never anything extraordinary, suffered greatly during the war period of the early 1990s. In 1981 Travnik's GDP per capita was 63% of the Yugoslav average.[4] Nowadays, most of the region deals with typical rural work such as farming and herding. As for urban industry, Travnik has several factories producing everything from matches to furniture. Food processing is also a strong industry in the region, especially meat and milk companies.


Vizier's grave (turbe) in Travnik.

Like many Bosnian towns, Travnik's tourism is based largely on its history and geography. Nearby Mt. Vla?i? is one of the tallest peaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and an excellent spot for skiing, hiking, and sledding. Though tourism isn't very strong for the city, Mt. Vla?i? is probably its chief tourist attraction. The city itself is also of interest. Numerous structures dating to the Ottoman era have survived in near perfect condition, such as numerous mosques, oriental homes, two clock towers (sahat kula; Travnik is the only city in Bosnia and Herzegovina to have two clock towers), and fountains. The city's old town dates back to the early 15th century, making it one of the most popular widely accessible sites from that time.

Old watermill by Plava voda
Plava voda


Refugees in Travnik, 1993


55,822 total


70,747 total

The town of Travnik: 19,041 total.


[5] 53,482 total

  • Bosniaks - 35,648 (66.65%)
  • Croats - 15,102 (28.23%)
  • Serbs - 640 (1.19%)
  • not declared - 327 (0.61%)
  • others - 1628 (3.04%)
  • no answer - 137 (0.25%)


Birthplace of Ivo Andri?

Travnik has a strong culture, mostly dating back to its time as the center of local government in the Ottoman Empire. Travnik has a popular old town district however, which dates back to the period of Bosnian independence during the first half of the 15th century. Numerous mosques and churches exist in the region, as do tombs of important historical figures and excellent examples of Ottoman architecture. The city museum, built in 1950, is one of the more impressive cultural institutions in the region.

Travnik became famous by important persons who were born or lived in the city. The most important of which are Ivo Andri? (writer, Nobel Prize for literature in 1961), Miroslav ?iro Bla?evi? (football coach of Croatian national team, won third place 1998 in France), Josip Pejakovi? (actor), Seid Memi? (pop-singer) and Davor D?alto (artist and art historian, the youngest PhD in Germany and in the South-East European region).

One of the main works of Ivo Andri?, himself a native of Travnik, is the Bosnian Chronicle (or Travnik Chronicle),[6] depicting life in Travnik during the Napoleonic Wars and itself written during World War II. In this work Travnik and its people - with their variety of ethnic and religious communities - are described with a mixture of affection and exasperation.

The Bosnian Tornjak, one of Bosnia's two major dog breeds and national symbol, originated in the area, found around Vla?i? mountain.


The local football team is NK Travnik, established in 1922.

Notable people

Twin towns - sister cities

Travnik downtown from castle

Travnik is twinned with:[7][8]



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  2. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina; page 243. Google Books. 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ A British Officer in the Balkans; page 196. Google Books. 1909. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Radovinovi?, Radovan; Berti?, Ivan, eds. (1984). Atlas svijeta: Novi pogled na Zemlju (in Croatian) (3rd ed.). Zagreb: Sveu?ili?na naklada Liber.
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  6. ^ "Bosnian Chronicle". Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "Bratimljeni gradovi". (in Bosnian). Travnik. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Zakazana 39.redovna sjednica Op?inskog vije?a". (in Bosnian). Travnik. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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