Sutjeska National Park

Sutjeska National Park rightfully bears the epithet as a “jewel of Republic of Srpska”. It is the biggest and oldest national park in Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina, covers the area of 16,052.34 hectares, of which more then 66% is covered with forest, meadows and pastures. Park extends over an mountain area at junction of borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, and it is bounded with rivers Piva, Drina and Neretva and mountains Bioč, Vučevo, Maglić, Volujak, Lebršnik and Zelengora. The highest peak of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglić (2,386 m.n.v.), is located in the area of the Park. Considering its beauty and the fact that it is intact nature, this national park was categorized as II category according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in year 2000. Sutjeska National Park represents one of the most diversive ecosystems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the most peculiar in southeast Europe. At the heart of the Park, there is a strict nature reserve Perućica (1.434 ha), the largest and best preserved primeval forest in Europe, where any intervention and human interference is strictly forbidden since establishment of the National Park. This is a place where nature admirers can find everything they could wish for – from pleasant valleys, dense forested areas, mountain meadows to high mountain ranges. There are eight glacier lakes on Zelengora mountain, and they are known as “Mountain eyes”, but also, there are impressive canyons of Sutjeska, Hrčavka and Jabučnica, clear mountain rivers teeming with brown trout.Wild animals fund is very valuable and rich, as well as fund of rare plant species, many of which are andemic. In the National Park area there are many monuments from different eras. The Sutjeska Battle ( The Fifth Offensive, “Operation Schwarz”) took place between 15th May and 15th June in the region of Montenegro, eastern Herzegovina and eastern Bosnia. The final and bloodiest struggles happened in the area of the Sutjeska River and the surrounding mountains. In memory of this great battle a memorial complex was built with a monument, authored by sculptor Miodrag Živković as its central part. There is also Sutjeska Battle Memorial House, an architectural master – piece of Ranko Radović very young Belgrade architect at the time. The Sutjeska National Park is managed by the Public Institution National Park “Sutjeska”, based in Tjentiste. It is a member of the EUROPARC.

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