being a 20-minute drive from Sarajevo, Visoko falls politically under the
Zenica-Doboj Canton in central Bosnia. The town is best known for its
leather smiths, whose craft has been practiced for over 500 years.
High-quality, reasonably priced leather goods can be purchased in the old
carsija. KTK Leather Company is the largest factory of its kind in the
country. Their products can also be found in Sarajevo's carsija but you're
likely to pay more than if you bought them here. The old part of Visoko is
a mini version of Sarajevo's Bascarsija. Visoko reached the peak of its
development during the late Middle Ages. It became a strong social,
political and economic centre and had the status of a royal town.
was recorded for the first time in 1355, in a chart issued to the
merchants of Dubrovnik by ban Tvrtko I. On the vast plain near the town
were the residences of the bans and the kings. Foreign envoys were
received and state assemblies of all Bosnian territories were held in
Visoko was also an important trading centre and, like many central
Bosnian towns, had a considerable colony of merchants from Dubrovnik. The
numerous charters and letters issued and registered in Visoko or its
surroundings show the significant role of the town at that time. Today its
main role is that of a small industrial and trading town.
This, however is
starting to change with a new archeological discovery in the summer of
2005. A specialist from Houston University in the United States who
has studied pyramids around the world for over fifteen years has claimed
to have found Europe’s first
and only pyramid.
Visocica Mountain, home to
the medieval Bosnian fortress, is now believed to be a man-made, perfectly
symmetrical structure – namely a pyramid. Archeological digs have
given great legitimacy to this claim as experts and media from around the
globe continue to keep their eye on this most miraculous