Travnik

Aleksandar Giljferdtng, an Russian writer describes Travnik so: "On a place where the road curves, a wonderful scene unexpectedly surprised us. As grown from the ground, suddenly we were gleamed by the shiny shapes of the walls and minarets, that we noticed ahead in the rock. This scene strongly flashed our sight. Constructions, enlightened by the sunset, were so seemingly resemblance from the dark rock that we had an impression that a kind of decorated stage was built up. We stopped the horses so we can enjoy in the Travnik scenery, but afterwards we chased thorn to reach that beautiful town as soon as possible."



On the 514 meters over the sea. In a valley of the river Lasva, a river that is neithor sleepy nor muddy, but clean and with golden sand, placed is Travnik whose citizens believe that it is situated on the bottom of the sea dried between the hills of Bukovica and Vilenrca. Over 500 years ago, since the report of the Venetian spy as well as Turkish historian Oursun - bey,
Travnik is known by the name that recalls fine grass, meadows and royal grass taxman. Travnik was grounded on a many wells and springs, such as Plava voda and Hendek, waters that collide with famous Travnik fogs that ancient songs called sevdalinke sang about.

Considering Travnik's climate that restlessly conditions unique characters, Travnik people gladly call upon Ivo Andric: "Never had anyone counted how many sunny hours nature has decreased to this town,.. neither Travnik people denies it, but they also claim that the Sun, while it shines, shines over Travnik like nowhere else." Travnik's convenient climate conditions (a mildly continental climate; an average temperature 9 C degrees over the year; in winter 2,3 C degrees), severe air and icy waters guarantee this place to be an extraordinary resting oasis. Travnik's Population, about 20 thousand citizens placed in a Donja Carsija and Gornja Carsija. are mostly Bosniaks, Croatian, Serbs, Bohemians and other nation as well as Jaws Sefards, till the World War Two. Travnik's cemeteries witness the proceeding: "On the top of the hill are, next to each other, Jewish, Catholic and Muslim cemetery. I don't believe that such a thing exists even In Jerusalem - Orthodox cemetery is somewhat lower next to the Jesuit Grammar School."

Travnik was the capital city of Bosnian villayet in the time of the Otoman empire. Travnik is a muslim city like with 18 mosques and is well known for a big concentration of old wise men called dervish or sufi.


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