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Austro-Hungarian Army`s Military Barracks, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The exact data have disappeared a long time ago, along with the barracks, buildings and other joining objects of the military headquarters. It is in Travnička street, at the place where The Institute of Metallurgy “Kemal Kapetanović” is situated, and it went on both sides of the street, all the way down to Zacarina street, up to Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zenica

Type of WWI-heritage

  • Other military building or facility


No information available.

State of repair/preservation

The constructional/architectural World War One heritage does not exist now, because due to a lot of time passed by, the area was needed for other buildings and objects, it was demolished and no longer exists it the described state.

Historical WWI Context

When the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy first concurred Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1878, the main goal of the Monarchy was to industrialize Bosnia and make it go side by side with other European countries. The Monarchy settled in and created in every larger city a military headquarters for its needs and purposes. Zenica was no exception. The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy built its military barracks in Zenica, in what is now known as Travnička street, and it had many objects in the complex such as: Barracks, training facilities, accessory facilities, and across the street, they had a building which was used for the economical purposes. Also, next to those facilities, the Austro-Hungarian soldiers and employees of the barracks planted vegetables for the needs of the headquarters. During the World War One, this headquarters served its intended purpose, and it was a strategic centre for the Monarchy. From there, soldiers were assigned to fronts and battlefields, orders were given and relevant information acquired and processed. After the war, these barracks were used by the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians (Kingdom of SCS) for a certain period of time, and during that period they have erected a monument for the soldiers that freed the country from its occupiers. After that, it was demolished and over time turned into many objects such as the mentioned Institute, an elementary school, parking lots, restaurants, etc.

State of legal protection

Not protected.


This constructional/architectural World War One heritage does not exist, therefore it is not owned by anyone. The area where it used to be has several owners because, now it consists of various objects with different purposes.

Kind of cultural use of WWI

No information available.


No information available.

Entrance Fee

No information available.

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

Architecture and artistic monuments from the socialist period of the former Yugoslavia on Smetovi; Fortress of Vranduk near Zenica; The Old City of Travnik; Kraljeva Sutjeska in Kakanj, ancient city of Bobovac; on old “Ćiro” train in Begov Han; tombstones called “Stećci” near Radimlja close to the city of Stolac.


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Public Transport

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Further information sources

Museums Private Collections

The Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo;

City Museum of Zenica;

Museum in Travnik


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