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Weissbastion (Bijela tabija) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Part of the earlier Ottoman fortification system of Sarajevo, White bastion was architecturally and functionally upgraded during the Austro-Hungarian rule, and it was partially turned into barracks. It hosted Austro-Hungarian military facilities, artillery and infantry up to 1918. It was used for military purposes well after WWII.

Bosnia and Herzegovina,

Type of WWI-heritage

  • Military Fortification


cca. 75 m x 50 m

State of repair/preservation

Derelict, partially destroyed, pending conservation and/or restauration.

Historical WWI Context

Originally built in XVI-XVII century, White bastion fortress was later upgraded by Ottoman (1730s) and Austro-Hungarian army (1878-1918). It is the strongest point within the walls of the old fortifications of Vratnik, and dominates the eastern entrance to the city. The fort is almost inaccessible from the south side and provides extraordinary views. It hosted artillery positions and infantry defense of the Austro-Hungarian army during WWI. The bastion has been partially destroyed, but some parts are in good condition. North of the bastion is an army polygon, used by the army well after WWII. It was the crucial fortress in defence of Sarajevo in the 1914-1915 events.

State of legal protection

Declared national monument (part of Vratnik fortification system) by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Commission to preserve national monuments


Owner is unknown. It is located in Stari Grad municipality of Sarajevo.

Kind of cultural use of WWI

Guided tour of the Sarajevo fortification system, hiking tour to nearby mountains.


No information available

Entrance Fee

No information available

Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby


Public Transport

Minibus, taxi, location is accesible by car, bike, or hike.

Further information sources


Wikipedia, ;

(BIJELA TABIJA) White Fortress - PROGRAM OF STRUCTURAL REPAIRS, PRESERVATION, RESTORATION AND REVITALIZATION, Institute for the protection of cultural-historical and natural heritage of Canton Sarajevo, 2004,

Project “Visualization of White Bastion fortress based on 3D Spatial Documentation of Material Cultural Heritage And Interactive Digital Storytelling», Sarajevo Graphics Group, Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo,

Kulturno nasljeđe kantona Sarajevo,

the Bosnia and Herzegovina Commission to preserve national monuments

Museums Private Collections


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