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Pašino brdo (Werk IV), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Situated east of Grdonj, Pašino brdo fortification is situated on the northern ridge of the old Sarajevo city walls. In Austro-Hungarian military it was categorized as Werk (fort). It has an armoured dome M80, in relatively good condition. The core consists of redoubt barracks story building, on which two joint domes M80 for mortar calibre 15 cm were placed. The two main entrances are provided with a drawbridge into two courts where total of 4 field cannons 90 mm were located behind the armoured sliding. Close-in defence included normal infantry weapons. Charges were later built the fort on the wings of two concrete objects for observation rotating dome. During the siege of Sarajevo, Pašino brdo was situated near the frontline and has suffered significant damage.
Built by the Austro-Hungarian Army as a part of the Sarajevo fortification system from 1898 to 1899, Werk IV was one of the typical fortified locations. It hosted the Austro-Hungarian Army up to 1918 and JNA up to 1992.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo
Type of WWI-heritage
- Military Fortification
The outline of the building is triangular with a bastion, roughly 50 x 50 meters.
State of repair/preservation
Derelict, not preserved, in need for reconstruction and revitalization.
Historical WWI Context
Part of the fortification system “Fortress Sarajevo” (Festung Sarajevo), built from 1882 to 1908 with purpose to strategically protect city of Sarajevo from possible military incursion from Serbia or Montenegro. System was heavily armed and on standby in 1914, as the Montengrin army advanced, but was never employed in battle since the theatre of war moved to the southeast in 1915. Facilities were later used by Yugoslav armies, both royal and JNA.
State of legal protection
Not protected, status undefined.
Ministry of defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina / Municipality of Stari Grad.
Kind of cultural use of WWI
It would be part of currently non-existent guided tour of the Sarajevo fortification system; part of the hiking tour to nearby mountains; part of the Sarajevo city walls tour.
Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby
City of Sarajevo website
Minibus line for Barice and Zmajevac exists, but irregularly. Reachable by car, bike, or hike.
Further information sources
Other heritage sites nearby
Museums Private Collections
Museum Sarajevo 1878-1918; Zelenih beretki 1
Bosna i Hercegovina
Tel: +387 033 533 288
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