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Military Bunkers in Žepče, Bosnia and Herzegovina
This constructional/architectural World War One heritage is very old, and has been trough three wars. It has been constructed before the World War One and has been used in all of the three wars that happened in this area. It is located on the left and right river bank of the river Bosna and it is inaccessible.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Žepče
Type of WWI-heritage
- Other military building or facility
State of repair/preservation
The constructional/architectural World War One heritage is in very poor condition and in desperate need of renovation and re-arrangement.
Historical WWI Context
Taking into consideration that Žepče, alongside Zavidovići, Olovo and Begov Han were one of the main providers of wood for the Austro – Hungarian Army, it is also important to emphasize that many of the male inhabitants of Žepče served in the army of the Austro – Hungarian Monarchy. In order to strengthen the army’s position in Žepče, in case the enemy attached, the Monarchy’s military headquarters ordered bunkers to be made on key points at the entrance of the town in order to prevent a surprise enemy attack. That is how the bunkers in question were made and used during the war. Nowadays, it is inaccessible and very hard to find. They are overgrown with shrubs and bushes and the ownership of the land has still not been dissolved, and it can be said that they are in “no man’s land”.
State of legal protection
The constructional/architectural World War One heritage is not protected, managed, presented according to any local, regional, national or international law or agreement.
It is unfamiliar who owns the land upon which these bunkers are built.
Kind of cultural use of WWI
Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby
In the town of Žepče, there is an old house called Bešlagića House, than there is the Monument for the Fascism victims (From the World War Two), there are mineral water springs that can be visited and are very interesting to see.
Further information sources
Other heritage sites nearby
Museums Private Collections
Museum in Sarajevo has an amazing collection about the World War One heritage, because the murder of Franz Ferdinand took place there.
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