Zenica Is the largest town in central Bosnia and is the political, administrative and cultural centre of the Zenica-Doboj Canton.
Zenica Is the largest town in central Bosnia and is the political, administrative and cultural centre of the Zenica-Doboj Canton. There is more to Zenica than the rather intrusive industrial zone that dominates the city’s image.
Prior to the Bosnian war, Zenica was mostly known for its massive steel Industry and the city grew significantly during Tito’s Yugoslavia as many apartment blocks were erected to house growing mining communities. Peeling back the socialist layer of crude architecture and bulky industry reveals the old Zenica and the true heart of the city - a quaint downtown district with mosques, Catholic and Orthodox churches. In the old quarters (Stara Carsija) visitors can also see an old Jewish synagogue dating from 1906, which is now the City Museum and Art Gallery. During the Midle Ages, the town was important in the governance of the Bosnian Kingdom, in particular under legendary Ban Kuhn in the 12th Century. Entire region of Zenica is a part of the cradle of Bosnian state. Nearby Zenica (around 10 km) lies a stone fortress of Vranduk the residence of the Kings of Bosnia at Bobovac. During the Middle Ages Vranduk was one of the residences for Bosnian kings. It is widely accepted that Vranduk was the first capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Further on there is village of Janjici, where the Did, head of the Bosnian Church resided. The nearby villages of Puhovac and Pojske are the site of several stecak tombstones.