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Report - Jajce Kasarna Barrack - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (March 2013)

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    The Jajce Kasarna was a military barrack built on top of the hill in the old town of Sarajevo.

    It was built between 1912 to 1914, and was intended to be a military barrack and a hospital for the Austrian-Hungarian soldiers stationing in Bosnia at the time.

    The layout of Jajce Kasarna, from an aerial view, looks like the letter 'E'. This was intended to be in honour of the Austrian/French commander Eugene Savoy, who conquered Sarajevo from the Ottomans in the Great Turkish War. However, due to local opposition because of Eugene Savoy's infamous act of sacking Sarajevo, it was later decided to be named Jajce Barracks instead.

    During the Bosnian War and the 1992-1996 Siege of Sarajevo, Jajce Kasarna was taken over by the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and was badly damaged in the war, which explained it's current state. After the war it was briefly used by the Bosnian army but was later abandoned.

    Today the property remains in the hand of the Bosnian army, although there were interests expressed by investors to renovate the complex for civilian purposes, property rights issues between the military and the government have prevented anything to be done to preserve this fantastic historical building. :(

    [The following two photos are not from me:]

    Jajce Kasarna in the old days:

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    Jajce Kasarna today:

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    Stairs leading up to the top floor

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    Oops. :rolleyes:

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    Top floor, the roof has mostly collapsed.

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    Courtyard windows

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    'Dormitory' sign on the door

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    The 'camoflourge' room

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    The corridors

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    The room tags on the door frames of each room

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    Toilet

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    Finally I found some stairs leading to some sort of an underground storage/basement in the courtyard

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    Now this is the most interesting part: So there is another access entrance/exit for the basement, which was blocked off by a slab of an old tombstone. :eek: :confused
    The tombstone was of an Austrian soldier, dated from 1878, which meant most likely he had died in the first year of the Austrian-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia.

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    My explanation is that as the building was not here pre-1910s, it is most likely that the site had been occupied by the Austrian-Hungarian military before and had a military cemetery on the site :rolleyes:

    The tombstone itself

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    Sadly at this point the Bosnian soldier on guard has busted me before I even have time to finish the ground floor :banghead - and so a revisit is a must! :rolleyes: :D

    As always, more photos on my flickr Jajce Kasarna Barracks (Sarajevo, Bosnia) - a set on Flickr :bananapopcorn
     

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