General information

Nevesinje Municipality is located in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina (southeast of the Republic of Srpska), in a geographically favorable position east of Mostar and south of Sarajevo. It covers an area of 923.4 km2 and it’s the third largest territory of the Republic of Srpska. The municipality is mountainous region of High-Herzegovina with an average altitude of 860 meters and possesses the characteristics of air spa. Around the city are mountains Velez, Crvanj, Montenegro, Sniježnica and Bjelasnica. Like all karst areas this municipality is characterized by a large karst field, with area of 17,000 ha. River Zalomka flows through Nevesinje field. The municipality has a population of 14,000 inhabitants, with an average population density of 15 inhabitants per 1 km2. The municipality has a rich and exciting history, and Nevesinje is known as a historical place.


History of Nevesinje

Nevesinje (Latin: Neuesigna; Netuisina; Netusini; Neusigne;) is first mentioned as a parish in the 12th century. According to some, it was named in the words - neue signe - Snow desert. Although these areas are not sufficiently explored archaeologically, artifacts and various objects and tools indicate that this area has been inhabited since the Paleolithic and Neolithic. The area was inhabited by Illyrian and later Celtic tribes. They were conquered by the Romans and included in their province Dalmatia. Byzantium continued the tradition of Rome in this area until the settlement of the Slavs in the 6th century. The first Serbian states in this region were formed in the 9th century, and the first reliable historical data on Nevesinje is located in the Chronicle of the Patriarchate of Pec, which states that the Sava Nemanjić in Nevesinje in 1219 appointed the first Bishop of Hum. Headquarters of Nevesinje parish and the capital was Vjenčac, who was later princely seat. At the end of the 15th century Nevesinje fell under Turkish rule, until the famous Herzegovina Uprising in 1875. It’s rebellious nature against foreign invaders Nevesinje expressed in all movements and wars for liberation: against the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1882, then in the movement Mlada Bosna, in the June uprising in 1941 and in the creation of the Republic of Srpska in war 1992-1995. This turbulent historical events have left many traces in the area of Nevesinje municipality, through the remains of fortifications, monuments and cemeteries, roads and bridges and various other buildings and intangible values, which have been very interesting for both historians and tourists.


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