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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.


Entrance Fee

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


City of Sarajevo website

Public Transport

Minibus line for Barice and Zmajevac exists, but irregularly. Reachable by car, bike, or hike.

Other heritage sites nearby

Museums Private Collections

Museum Sarajevo 1878-1918; Zelenih beretki 1
71000 Sarajevo
Bosna i Hercegovina
Tel: +387 033 533 288


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