Višegrad bridge, bridge that entered the legend, endowment of grand vizier Mehmed- Pasha Sokolović, who was as a boy, in name of tradition called “danak u krvi” (Turkish tradition of unwillingly taking young Balkan boys to Istanbul to become Ottoman soldiers, transl. note) taken to Istanbul, and became a vizier. Bridge was built in period from 1571 to 1577 by the most famous Turkish architect at the time, KodžaMimar Sinan. It was built in oriental style and represents masterpiece of construction of that period. In 2007 bridge was enlisted in UNESCO list of world cultural heritage. It was taken to legend directly because of our famous novelist IvoAndrić, rewarded with Nobel Prize for literature in 1961 for his novel “The Bridge on the Drina” also known as “Višegrad Chronicles”.
Zmijanje embroidery, cultural heritage of the Republic of Srpska, BiH
It is considered the oldest hand embroidery in the Balkans, specific for the cross-technique and it is always in blue colour; since 2014, it has been found on UNESCO representative list of intangible cultural heritage. Even today, it is kept from oblivion by the skilful hand of the Krajina’s embroiderers, all with an end to preserving and cherishing the tradition and culture of their region. That same embroidery embellishes women and men shirts, dresses, wedding dresses and shawls.
“A woman shirt embellished by the embroidery from Zmijanje was proclaimed the most beautiful at the Folk Costumes Fair in Paris back in 1936′.
The folk costumes and games from Zmijanje are kept and publicly represented by the Cultural-Artistic Society ‘Ribnik’ from DonjaPrevija, as well as other similar associations of the Banja Luka region.