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Ostrovica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Ostrovica Castle is a large medieval structure situated above the small village of Ostrovica near Kulen Vakuf, Bihać municipality, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having been built on a woody ridge of a steep hill overlooking left bank of the shallow Una river, the castle was located on a strategic site connecting the northern and southern parts of the long Una valley. The Modern-day castle was built most probably in the 15th century on the foundations of ancient fortification which dates back to ancient Roman times or even earlier.



First mentioned of the Ostrovica Castle was in 1407. In the Middle Ages, the Ostrovica Castle belonged to the Kingdom of Croatia.

The almost permanent Ottoman threat to Ostrovica began after the fall of the medieval Kingdom of Bosnia in 1463. Still, the castle resisted until December 1523, when the castle and surrounding area came under Ottoman control.

The long period of Ottoman rule lasted until 1878. In that period the castle was enlarged and reinforced, serving as an Ottoman military stronghold.

A significant enlargement of the castle occurred at the beginning of the 17th century. The present-day look of the castle was finally given at the beginning of the 18th century.

The Austrian Empire took over governing Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1878, but despite Croatian demands, Ostrovica was not returned to the Croatian Kingdom, which part it was before the arrival of Ottoman Turks. Moreover, the whole territory of Turkish Croatia, including Ostrovica, Bihać, Banja Luka and so on, was given to direct Habsburg imperial control, as a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


How to visit Ostrovica

We at Monterrasol Travel welcome you to see Ostrovica during multiday private car tour. Contact us if you would like to customize your tour to Ostrovica.

We have developed several tours that visiting this beautiful place. But, if you have a special conditions or any from these tours fit you, please do not hesitate to contact us, we can organize a tour exactly as you would like. And remember, we have no problems to take you from almost any place where you stay, hotel or private accommodation.


Balkans castles tour 13 days. Visit 17 castles & fortresses in Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia. All seasons cultural tour across 3 countries.

tour start in: Budapest, Hungary

tour finish in: Budapest, Hungary

tour duration: 13 days (12 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary

tour destinations: Bory, Budapest, Dubovac, Gradačac, Kastel, Keszthely, Medvedgrad, Ostrovica, Ostrožac, Ozora, Siklós, Srebrenik, Szigliget, Sümeg, Tešanj, Trakošćan, Varaždin, Velika Kladuša, Veliki Tabor, Zagreb

Balkans castle tour in 13 days. With this tour we going to visit 5 castles located in Hungary, 5 castles located in Croatia, together with historical center of Zagreb, and 3 castles and 4 fortresses in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Most of the sites are national monuments in own countries. Most of them dated back to 15-16 centuries and everyone have rich history.

 

13 days

Price from € 1,837

 





Last updated on: 6 December 2019

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