Stjepan II Kotromanic, Bosnian ban and first Bosnian monarch who forged his own money, on this day in 1333 wrote a charter to Dubrovnik, in which was mentioned the name of Srebrenik municipality in northeastern Bosnia for the first time, which was then the center of the Bosnian state.
“On that date, then ban Stjepan II Kotromanic somewhere below the old town Srebrenik, as stated in the Charter, wrote the act in which he forever and ever makes an agreement with the people of Dubrovnik in which Ston, Peljasac, and Rat are given to the Dubrovnik Republic for a tax or compensation that should be paid to this day. However, it is likely that it was lost in some past centuries,” said Adnan Bjelic, expert for local economic development and tourism in the municipality of Srebrenik.
Stjepan II Kotromanic was born in Srebrenik, but the exact date of his birth is not known, but it is believed that it was before 1295. Although he was probably an Orthodox, he transferred to Catholicism, and in an attempt to improve relations with the Pope, among other things, he is responsible for the arrival of the Franciscans in the areas of Bosnia, who were in Dalmatia as the nearest place to Bosnia before his message to the Pope in 1340.
This ruler wrote the charter 684 years ago to strengthen good-neighborly relations and improve trade relations. A total of four copies of the charter were written: two in Bosnian Cyrillic, and two in Latin and each had the ruler’s gold seal.
Otherwise, during his reign, Bosnia has experienced the biggest territorial expansion.
Thanks to the Charter, about Srebrenik, which was referred to as “Srebr’nik”, exists one of the oldest written records in this area, and it is assumed that the location got its name from the tower.
“Since we do not have deposits of silver in the vicinity, it is assumed that Srebrenik was named after the silver reflection of our old Srebrenik tower,” said Bjelic.
Stone tower attracts more and more visitors from BiH and abroad every year, who come with a desire to visit the headquarters of the former Bosnian rulers.