The Catholic traditions of Srebrena Bosna are best represented in Fojnica
and Kraljeva Sutjeska. The Holy Spirit Franciscan Museum, part of a hilltop
monastery, holds over 17,000 volumes of books, records and documents,
and the second-largest collection of incunabula (books printed before
The museum also exhibits the Ahdnama. This document is one of
the most important orders issued by Sultan Mehmed Fatiha to the Catholic
communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 16th century decree, signed
at Milodraz to the northeast of Fojnica, allowed Christians to freely
retain their religious life and to propagate their beliefs. Although
there were random persecutions at a local level, it was the policy
of the empire to grant religious freedom to its Christian citizens.
Musa Hadzimeljic in the village of Zivcici is an Islamic sacral place
where dervishes gather annually. It is also a small family museum, open
daily from 8 to 4, that has some fascinating examples of dervish traditional
dress from the Ottoman period, and a few paintings and other relics
from Ottoman times.
vicinity of Fojnica, just off the main road from Kiseljak to Busovaèa, is
the Naksibendi order tekija (old dervish house) in Zivcici village. The
area is blessed with the many beautiful waterfalls of Kozica River.