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Visoko, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Visoko is the old royal city and the first capital of Bosnia only about 20 minutes drive from Sarajevo and  is best known for its leather smiths, whose craft has been practiced for over 500 years.

High-quality, reasonably priced leather goods can be purchased in the old part of the town.  The old part of Visoko is a mini version of Sarajevo's Baščaršija. Visoko reached the peak of its development during the late Middle Ages. It became a strong social, political and economic centre and had the status of a royal town.

Its name was recorded for the first time in 1355, in a chart issued to the merchants of Dubrovnik by king Tvrtko I. On the vast plain near the town were the residences of the bans and the kings. Foreign envoys were received and state assemblies of all Bosnian territories were held in Visoko.

Visoko was also an important trading centre and, like many central Bosnian towns, had a considerable colony of merchants from Dubrovnik. The numerous charters and letters issued and registered in Visoko or its surroundings show the significant role of the town at that time. Today its main role is that of a small industrial and trading town.

This, however is starting to change with a new archeological discovery in the summer of 2005. A specialist from Houston University in the United States who has studied pyramids around the world for over fifteen years has claimed to have found Europe’s first and only pyramid. Visočica Mountain, home to the medieval Bosnian fortress, is now believed to be a man-made, perfectly symmetrical structure – namely a pyramid. Archeological digs have given great legitimacy to this claim as experts and media from around the globe continue to keep their eye on this most miraculous discovery.

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