certainly one of the places to see when you visit the
northeast of Bosnia. On the River Gradisnica, between the
mountains of Majevica and Trebava, lies the beautiful town
town holds great historical significance for Bosnians.
Husein Kapetan Gradascevic was a ruling beg during
Ottoman times. He was a warrior and leader, highly respected
and feared throughout the region, who posed such a tangible
threat to Ottoman authority that he could bargain for more
autonomy, self-rule and land rights. There are several
versions of history but the common one is that he and his
army were able to defend the territories of the northeastern
frontier when the Ottomans could not.
He was greatly feared by the Ottomans, and when the
rebellious Dragon of Bosnia (as he was called) decided
to confront the Ottomans, he marched his army all the way to
Kosovo in 1831. The Dragon's army defeated the Ottomans and
further destabilised the
empire's hold on Bosnia. This
rebellious spirit proved contagious among the local pashas
and ruling families, and sparked many more rebellions.
Gradascevic was later betrayed and forced to flee across the
Sava to Austria. The numerous buildings bearing his name
attest to his role in the history of the town.