Foca through history

Drina River area was first mentioned in Chronicle of the Priest of Duklja (medieval chronicle written by an anonymous priest from Duklja, present-day southeastern Montenegro) as ‘Hotcha’ and ‘Choca’ in the 12th century.
‘Hotcha’ was an important stop in the caravan road between the East and West.

In more recent history of the town a special place belongs to the period of the so-called ‘Foča Republic’. This refers to the 110-day period when Supreme Quarters of the National Liberation Army and Central Committee of Yugoslav Communist Party, headed by Josip Broz Tito, spent in Foča area.

The Battle of Sutjeska, a legendary battle also known as the 5th Enemy’s Offensive, took place in this area in the period May 15 – June 15, 1943.