Strossmayer Street proclaimed as National Monument of BiH

The Commission for the Preservation of National Monuments made decisions on proclaiming four new national monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The commission decided to proclaim Archaeological area – Tombstones near the river Ricina, Posusje municipality; The architectural ensemble – Strossmayer’s street in Sarajevo; The architectural ensemble – The old mosque with the harem in Godusa near Visoko and the Historic Monument – The memorial of the central memorial to the participants of NOR, Municipality of Lukavac.

Members of the Commission also adopted amendments to the decision on proclaiming the place and remains of a historic building – Krslak’s old house in Jajce and the site and remains of an architectural ensemble – Azizi’s harem mosque in Brezovica Polje, Brcko District.

In the meantime, the mentioned facilities have been completely reconstructed and revitalized.

The street was laid out during the Austro-Hungarian period at the end of the 19th century, with the aim of making this part of Sarajevo the city’s “urban heart”. In those days, it was called Rudolfova St., in honor of Archduke Rudolf Franz Karl Joseph, the son of Emperor Franz Joseph I.

The life of this heir-apparent, who was very liberal in his views, was tragically cut short at 31 years by events that are veiled in secrecy. The offi cial version of the story is that, since his father had forbidden him to be in a relationship with the 18-year-old Baroness Mary Vetsera, the Archduke killed her and them himself.

This street has born the name, Štrosmajerova, since 1919, after Joseph George Strossmayer (Feb. 4, 1815-May 8, 1905), the Bishop of the Diocese of Bosnia (Đakovo) and Srijem.

He was a theologian, politician, cultural worker and writer, as well as an impassioned advocate for the unifi cation of Yugoslavs. He also promoted the construction of the Cathedral in Sarajevo and assisted Catholics and Franciscans in Bosnia and Herzegovina both before and during the occupation of BiH by the Austro-Hungarians in 1878, Sarajevo Travel writes.

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