to town is Sokolac, a perfectly preserved fortification built by
the Austrians in the 14th century. Christianity and Islam met and often
clashed here. The present-day
Fathija Mosque was once the Church
of St Anton.
The stecci in the square mark the presence of the
heretic Bosnian Church in these parts. The town square is dominated by the
Kapetanova Tower (used as a lookout tower), the Zvonik Church and an
Ottoman turbe, proving the multi-ethnic flavour this community has
maintained. The Town Gallery (Bosanska 15; tel/fax: + 387 37 223 083;
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; web:
www.ggbihac.ba) has very nice exhibits
of local artists. It is open Monday to Friday and sometimes at weekends
during the summer. Admission is free.
Pounje Museum (+ 387 37 223 214) on the same street is a tiny museum
with many Illyrian, Roman, Austrian and Ottoman arte facts discovered in
the area. If you ask the folk from Bihac what there is to see their first
answer will be the Una. The Una River is treated as a member of
the family and the people of Bihac have the strongest collective
ecological consciousness in the country. The width of the Una River that
runs through the town is about 30m. The full length of the river,
beginning in the Croatian Krajina and entering the Sava at Jasenovac, is
207km. It is the fourth-largest river in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a
volume of 270m3 per second. But the people won't tell you that.
They will tell you about the blue waters that have dug deep limestone
canyons, the fertile valleys fed by her water, their favorite swimming
hole as a kid and, without exception, the thrill of whitewater rafting on
the mighty Una.