Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Travnik

Travnik, 90 kms north of Sarajevo, is the birthplace of Nobel Prize for Literature winner Ivo Andrić and the setting of his novel Bosnian Chronicle.

We spent the afternoon and early evening walking around town enjoying the pleasant spring weather while admiring the architectures of the various religious and cultural groups that have left their mark here: Ottoman Muslims, Croat Catholics, Orthodox Serbs, Communists, and the Austro-Hungarians.

View of the Ottoman-built castle from our hotel room.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

View from the castle to the town - spring blossoms.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

I lost count of the number of mosques in Travnik - three in this photo.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

We liked the traditional roofs as seen on the house in the center of this photo.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The mosque (left) has Western not Eastern elements. Neat.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Full view of a window from that mosque.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Ottomans built two clock towers in Travnik. Here's one.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The so-called Painted Mosque sports designs of flowers and cypress trees. The ground floor, originally a bazaar, still has shops today.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Roof lines and old houses.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cool mosque with a wooden minaret.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mosque door with Miami Beach colors.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

And another cool mosque.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Austro-Hungarians brought the railroad to Travnik in 1893.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Serbian Orthodox Church still has some pock marks from the war.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The recently painted Catholic Church with a statue of Ivo Andrić in front.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Islamic Madrasah (School) in Neo-Turkish style
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Madrasah at night.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Old Town.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The oven used for cooking burek under a lid (sač).
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On the high road at dusk.
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Of course Travnik has its own headwaters spring - Plava Voda (Blue Pools).
Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina










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