Sarajevo had Electricity before London did!

April 11, 2020 8:45 AM

 

Establishment of a Technical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina would be the least posthumous credit that today’s generations can pay to the famous BiH technical history, claims the acknowledged tourism expert Zoran Bibanovic.

Josef Regel, a senior geometer who participated in the routing of railways throughout BiH until the spring of 1879, recorded the impressions from railway travels at the time.

The first train entered Sarajevo in 1882, when the first European-type hotel starts operating – the Hotel Europe.

Technical development required technically educated staff. Thus, the building of the Technical School in Sarajevo was built in 1889, being the first technical school in the Balkans at the time.

Prior to the First World War, BiH had a unique, well/branched and equipped network of narrow-gauged railroad in the length of 1.611 kilometers, which represented a role model for narrow-gauge railroads in Europe. After the Second World War, the railroad Samac-Sarajevo (239 kilometers) was built in the record time of seven and a half months and put into operation on November 15, 1947. Normal railroad Sarajevo-Ploce was put into operation in 1966.

A horse-driven tram was built in 1884 for the local needs of Sarajevo. It operated from the Old railway station, over Marindvor, along the main city street and Ferhadija, to the current Faculty of Economics. The first official tram ride was executed in 1885.

Sarajevo got an electric tram on May 1, 1895, before the metropolises of Central and Southeastern Europe (Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Graz, Budapest, Ljubljana, Yagreb, Belgrade, Sofia, Athens, Istanbul…).

A little before that, on April 3 and 4, Sarajevo got electrical lighting on the streets, being among the first cities in Europe to have electric public lighting, including London which was still being lighten up on gas. Electric lighting was installed in the Bey’s mosque in 1898 and it was the first mosque to be lightened with electrical energy in the entire Islamic world.

Establishment of a Technical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina would be the least posthumous credit that today’s generations can pay to the famous BiH technical history. Global experiences indicate that technical museums are places of protection, where protection stands for measures of identification, documentation, research, preservation, especially through the means of formal and informal education, as well as the revitalization of different forms of technical heritage.

Sarajevo, the cultural capital of Europe in 2014, with the new Trebevic cable car, reconstructed railroad on which the contemporary Talgo trains are operating, with the constructed Museum of contemporary art and the world/renowned collection ARS AEVI, with the Museum of Technics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with a series of measures for increasing profitability of new and already constructed facilities and adequate promotion in the world frameworks of valuable cultural heritage, could shine like a new bright star on the European sky.

(Source: znamo.ba)

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