Old Town of Visoki

The old town of Visoki was a well-known medieval town and fortress that was established during the 14th century on the hill of Visočica. It is located on top of a 213-meter high hill at an altitude of 766.5 meters, about 300 meters above the valley where the town of Visoko developed. Although historically significant, the old town of Visoki was not of large dimensions, about 60 meters in length and 25 meters in width, and had two towers that protected it along its entire length. Within the town itself, there are several traces of buildings. The wall thickness is about 2 meters and is mostly built of local limestone slabs. The first mention of the old town of Visoki occurred on September 1, 1355, in a charter of the young ban Tvrtko I. Kotromanić, under the name “in castro nosto Visoka vocatum,” which means that during the reign of his predecessor Ban Stjepan II Kotromanić, in the first half of the 14th century, it was either built or already existed. With the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia, the town was abandoned before 1503 because it is not mentioned in the Turkish-Hungarian treaty of that year. In 1626, Đorđić mentioned Visoki among the abandoned towns. Today, the old town of Visoki is a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.