Posted on November 25, 2015
With Bosnia and Herzegovina's complicated and all-too-often violent history, it's difficult to agree on a certain day to celebrate the nation as a nation. That said, many regions in the nation celebrate November 25 as a sort of National Day.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the six nations that came into being when Yugoslavia ceased to exist, in 1992.
If you think that this country's name is long and difficult to pronounce, wait until I tell you that it is actually made up to two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic Srpska (which, frankly, doesn't have enough vowels in its name), plus a self-governing administrative unit called the Brcko District (also too few vowels)!
|Yellow - Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Orange - Republika Srpska
Pale green - Brcko District
The name “Bosnia” comes from an Indo-European word bosana, which means water. So let's check out some of the more beautiful of the watery sights to see in the nation:
This popular bridge stood for more than four centuries but was destroyed by Croat forces in 1993 during the Croat-Bosniak War.
Well, that won't do! The bridge was one of the country's most recognizable landmarks and was considered a great example of Islamic architecture. So the bridge was reconstructed and reopened in 2004.
|This bridge is a popular spot for bridge jumping and bridge diving.|
(This is a composite photo of one tourist jumping off the bridge!)
Vrelo Bune (Buna Springs)
Pliva Waterfall and watermills
|From what I can tell, there is a series of falls and|
cascades in Skakavac. Not a TON of water flow...
|...which makes the falls a great place for "base jumping"|
in summer, and a gorgeous frozen display in winter.
- To learn more about Bosnia and Herzegovina, check out this earlier post.
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