Visoko Municipality

Summary

Visoko municipality lies in Zenica-Doboj Canton, in the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina entity.

In July 1966, a survey of monuments and memorials to the NOB and Revolution was undertaken on the territory of the municipality, with a total of 10 such memorials being recorded.  Later, in 1986, the study Studija omogučnostima zaštite i uređenje kulturno-historijskog nasleđa na područja opština Visokom was created by Zavičajni muzej Visoko as the result of a survey undertaken in 1984, possibly in connection with the development of Visoko municipality’s final pre-1992 Spatial Plan. A total of 31 monuments were documented as having existed at this time on the municipality's territory. It must be noted that while the majority of monuments mentioned above were categorized as heritage of the NOB in the study, one (a Monument to Victims of Fascist Terror located in the Zbilje district of the town) was included in the section on Austro-Hungarian heritage, primarily due to the fact that it is situated within the town’s former Jewish cemetery, which was established in 1889. 

In addition to these 31 monuments and memorials, another monument was once located in the town centre, traces of which are still evident today, in spite of it having been removed some time prior to 1970. Also, a memorial plaque erected at the site of the childhood home of National Hero Ognjen Prica is today stored in the basement of the local museum, where it has been kept since the demolition of the house in the 1970s, and a memorial plaque was formerly located on the hide and leather-working school in the town, which was later incorporated into the locally-owned KTK leather processing conglomerate, at which point the plaque was seemingly removed. Following completion of the municipality report, a further memorial plaque - created in 1991 - was discovered to exist. This has not been included in the report.

Visoko municipality’s current spatial plan, valid from 2014 to 2034 (Općina Visoko, 2015) specifically mentions the ossuaries in the town park and in front of the former army barracks, as well as the memorial fountain in Buci, but clusters all other monuments into categories of ‘memorial plaques’ and ‘busts’, stating that they need protection and rehabilitation while simultaneously acknowledging that many no longer exist. In addition to these, the Monument to Victims of Fascist Terror located in the town’s Jewish cemetery is also specifically mentioned (again categorized as Austro-Hungarian heritage).


Monuments & Memorials


Village/MZ Address Name Type Year Author Still Exists Date Mapped Description
Visoko Town park Memorial ossuary of those who died in the People’s Liberation War from the Visoko area Ossuary 1963 Marijan Kocković Yes January 2017 Memorial ossuary containing the remains of 37 individuals, with large bronze sculpture.
Visoko Former Ahmet Fetahagić barracks Memorial ossuary of 7 fallen Partisans Ossuary 1954 Božidar Videc, Dragoslav Stanković Yes June 2018 Videc and Stanković created a monument consisting of 7 iron girders set into concrete plateau added in 1975.
Visoko Train station Plaque to commemorate the completion of the Šamac - Sarajevo line Memorial Plaque 1965 Yes May 2018 Unveiled during commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the Liberation of Visoko Heavily faded and barely legible.
Visoko Train station Plaque to commemorate residence of Ahmet Fetahagić Memorial Plaque 1954 Yes June 2018
Visoko Sports hall Plaque to commemorate First Conference of the Youth of the Sarajevo Region Memorial Plaque 1971 Ranko Milanović In storage August 2018 Made of bronze. Removed from location in 1990s. Believed to be in storage.
Visoko Ul. Muftije Numanagića Memorial plaque on the house of Meho Patak Memorial Plaque 1974 Ranko Milanović Yes June 2018 Made of bronze.
Prijeko KTK Factory Plaque on the gatehouse of the KTK factory Memorial Plaque 1950 No November 2018 In poor condition in 1984. No longer in existence 2017.
Visoko Trg Džemala Bijedića Plaque to commemorate the place of execution of Franjo Žagovec Memorial Plaque 1970 Yes January 2017 Made of black stone, in good condition.
Donje Moštre Elementary school Plaque to commemorate the NOR Memorial Plaque 1959 No November 2018 Building on which plaque was situated now demolished.
Gornja Zimća Elementary school Plaque to commemorate Djordje Milanović Memorial Plaque 1970 No November 2018 Destroyed prior to 1997.
Poriječani Train station Plaque to commemorate Salko Bešlagić Memorial Plaque 1970 Yes February 2017 Made of black stone. In good condition, although lettering faded.
Vratnica Plaque to commemorate Enver Lakišić and Ibrahim Zečević Memorial Plaque 1953 In storage November 2018 Broken, but retained by members of the Zečević family.
Čekrčići Community hall Plaque to commemorate the NOB Memorial Plaque 1980 Ranko Milanović No November 2018 Made of bronze. Commemorated 13 fallen Partisan fighters and 31 Victims of Fascist Terror.
Visoko Town park Bust of Mehmed Džudžo Bust 1975 Ranko Milanović No January 2017 Removed 1992-93, returned 2002, stolen and destroyed c.2007-09.
Visoko Town park Bust of Janko Balorda Bust 1975 Ranko Milanović No January 2017 Removed 1992-93, returned 2002, stolen and destroyed c.2007-09.
Visoko Town park Bust of Meho Patak Bust 1975 Ranko Milanović No January 2017 Removed 1992-93, returned 2002, stolen and destroyed c.2007-09.
Visoko Ulica Mule Hodžića Bust of Mehmed Skopljak Bust 1970 Ranko Milanović No June 2018 Situated on the property of the KTK leather product assembly plant. Pedestal still in situ.
Prijeko KTK Factory Bust of Slavko Bunjičević Bust 1975 Ranko Milanović No November 2018 Bust and pedestal both removed prior to February 2017.
Topuzovo Polje KTK leather processing factory Bust of Fehim Zečević Bust 1970 Ranko Milanović No November 2018 Unveiled late 1975. Pedestal still present on site, but overturned and hidden by overgrowth.
Visoko Safvet-beg Bašagić elementary school Bust of Ahmet Fetahagić Bust Ranko Milanović No November 2018 Created after 1966. Located inside school. Bust missing, but wooden pedestal still in situ.
Donje Moštre Mula Mustafa Bašeskija elementary school Bust of Dušan Čulum Bust 1974 Ranko Milanović No August 2018 Bust originally located inside school, but moved outdoors prior to 1980. Pedestal still survives, although name covered over with granite plaque.
Arnautovići Kovina Visoko factory Bust of Momir Balorda Bust Ranko Milanović No November 2018 No trace survives. Unveiled either 1985 or 1986.
Visoko Kulin Ban elementary school Bust of Ognjen Prica Bust 1970 Ranko Milanović No June 2018 Removed in late 1990s. No trace of bust or pedestal survives.
Veliko Čajno Musa Ćazim Ćatić elementary school Bust of Avdo Adilović Bust 1979 Ranko Milanović No November 2018 Pedestal still in situ.
Buci Alija Nametak elementary school Bust of Vojin Ferzanović Bust Ranko Milanović No August 2018 Almost certainly unveiled at some point between 1977 and 1984. No trace survives.
Visoko Hazim Šabanović mixed high school Bust of Janko Balorda Bust Ranko Milanović In storage November 2018 Made of plaster. Donated to school between 1981 and 1984. Currently stored in school basement.
Visoko Safvet-beg Bašagić elementary school Memorial relief of Ahmet Fetahagić Artwork Ranko Milanović No June 2018 Created prior to 1984. Made of bronze, and located inside the school. No trace survives.
Vratnica Community hall Memorial relief of Ibrahim Zečević Memorial Plaque 1983 Milijanko Miholjčić No November 2018 Bronze relief on marble plaque. Destroyed in 1993.
Buci Village centre Fountain to commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Uprising Fountain 1961 Yes August 2018 In excellent condition. Recently restored.
Dobrinje Mehmedalija Mak Dizdar elementary school ‘Brotherhood and Unity’ monument Monument 1977 Ranko Milanović No August 2018 No trace survives whatsoever, apart from concrete plateau upon which the monument was situated.
Zbilje Jewish cemetery Monument to Victims of Fascist Terror Monument 1979 Yes June 2018 In very good condition.
Visoko Beside town hall Monument to the Unknown Hero Monument Iva Despić-Simonović No January 2017 Situated on pedestal of statue of King Alexander, created by Lojze Dolinar. Monument most likely created in early 1950s, and removed at some point prior to 1970. Accidentally destroyed during removal.
Visoko Ul. Braće Zečević Plaque on the childhood home of Ognjen Prica Memorial Plaque 1953 In storage November 2018 Plaque stored in basement of local museum since the house's demolition in the 1970s.
Visoko Ulica Mule Hodžića Plaque to commemorate students of the leather- and hide-work school Memorial Plaque Unknown October 2018 Plaque created prior to 1963. Removed when building was demolished, during 1960s or 1970s, and subsequent fate unknown.
Visoko Podklisa 4 Plaque to commemorate Victims of Fascist Terror Memorial Plaque 1991 Yes January 2020 Plaque located in loggia of Orthodox church. In excellent condition. [Note: Not included in report]
Prijeko Kindergarten Bust of NH Đuro Pucar Stari Bust 1983 Ranko Milanović

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Key

Number Name
1 Memorial ossuary of those who died in the People’s Liberation War from the Visoko area, Visoko
2 Memorial ossuary of 7 fallen Partisans, Visoko
3 Plaque to commemorate the completion of the Šamac - Sarajevo line, Visoko
4 Plaque to commemorate residence of Ahmet Fetahagić, Visoko
5 Plaque to commemorate First Conference of the Youth of the Sarajevo Region, Visoko
6 Memorial plaque on the house of Meho Patak, Visoko
7 Plaque on the gatehouse of the KTK factory, Prijeko
8 Plaque to commemorate the place of execution of Franjo Žagovec, Visoko
9 Plaque to commemorate the NOR, Donje Moštre
10 Plaque to commemorate Djordje Milanović, Gornja Zimća
11 Plaque to commemorate Salko Bešlagić, Poriječani
12 Plaque to commemorate Enver Lakišić and Ibrahim Zečević, Vratnica
13 Plaque to commemorate the NOR, Čekrčići
14 Bust of Mehmed Džudžo, Visoko
15 Bust of Janko Balorda, Visoko
16 Bust of Meho Patak, Visoko
17 Bust of Mehmed Skopljak, Visoko
18 Bust of Slavko Bunjičević, Prijeko
19 Bust of Fehim Zečević, Topuzovo Polje
20 Bust of Ahmet Fetahagić, Visoko
21 Bust of Dušan Čulum, Donje Moštre
22 Bust of Momir Balorda, Arnautovići
23 Bust of Ognjen Prica, Visoko
24 Bust of Avdo Adilović, Veliko Čajno
25 Bust of Vojin Ferzanović, Buci
26 Bust of Janko Balorda, Visoko
27 Memorial relief of Ahmet Fetahagić, Visoko
28 Memorial relief of Ibrahim Zečević, Vratnica
29 Fountain to commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Uprising, Buci
30 Monument to Brotherhood and Unity, Dobrinje
31 Monument to Victims of Fascist Terror, Zbilje
32 Monument to the Unknown Hero, Visoko
33 Memorial plaque on the home of Ognjen Prica, Visoko
34 Plaque to commemorate students of the leather- and hide-work school, Visoko
35 Plaque to commemorate Victims of Fascist Terror, Visoko
(precise coordinates can be obtained by contacting the author

Resources

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