Kraljeva Sutjeska, Municipality of Kakanj

The Franciscan monastery in Kraljeva Sutjeska is its most recognizable feature. In addition to the monastery, there is also the Dusper house, which dates back to the early 18th century and is the oldest home in central Bosnia. The home is a national monument and is protected by the state. The restoration is not yet complete, but the house is still accessible to the public and serves as an exceptional example of traditional Bosnian architecture. Next to this residence, at the entrance to the village, is one of the oldest mosques in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which, according to local legend, was constructed in a matter of days and has never been repaired or maintained since. On the Grgurevo hill, close to the monastery, you can discover the ruins of the Bosnian royal court from before the Ottoman conquest. The remains of a Gothic-style church, namely the palace chapel of St. Grgur, can be found adjacent to the royal residence. The monastery archive contains a wealth of resources for the study of church and cultural history. It contains registry records from 1641, which are also the oldest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in addition to a large number of manuscripts and chronicles. There are approximately 400,000 incunabula (the first printed books up to 1500) in the globe, but only 53 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, of which 31 are in Kraljeva Sutjeska. Kraljeva Sutjeska, together with the Bobovac fortress, was the seat of the Bosnian kings of the Kotromanić dynasty. The royal town of BOBOVAC (territorially belongs to the municipality of Vareš) is approximately 11 kilometers from Kraljeva Sutjeska. Although it is possible to get to the fortress itself by car, it is recommended to walk along the Bukovica river valley
House of Iva Dusper
National monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is located in the village of Prijeko on the right bank of the Trstivnica river in the part where the čaršija with log houses is located. In the basin of the river Trstionica (Trstivnica), there is the village of Sutjeska (Sutiska, Kraljeva Sutjeska), an important center of one of the cultural circles of medieval Bosnia. The area from today’s Čatići settlement towards Kraljeva Sutjeska, and beyond, formed the spatial scope of the medieval Trstivnica parish.
The oldest mosque in BiH
There is little historical information about the Mosque in Kraljeva Sutjeska. It has not been preserved by the founders endowments, nor has a historical chronogram been preserved, and there is no accurate or reliable information about the building. The tenth of Muharrem is the traditional date on which the Muslim population around Kraljeva Sutjeska celebrates Muhammad’s birthday. Organizing the mevlud in Kraljeva Sutjeska is included as one of the four most significant manifestations of the Rijaset of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The monastery archive
The monastery archive which contains many written documents from the 15th to the 19th century, as many as 3,500 documents, important for the research of our domestic history. Books printed up to 1850, about 5,000 titles, are kept in the oldest part of the monastery library.
Franciscan monastery
The Commission for the Preservation of National Monuments, based on Article V paragraph 4 of Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Article 39 paragraph 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission/Commission for the Preservation of National Monuments, at the session held on 20 .until January 26, 2004, made the decision to declare the building complex – the Franciscan monastery and the Church of St. John the Baptist in Kraljeva Sutjeska, together with the movable property in the monastery museum, a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Of special value is the museum of the Franciscan monastery, where numerous church objects, traditional costumes, old and new books on theology, philosophy, history, geography, valuable paintings and other objects of museum value are kept.
The Tradition of Tattooing Women
This is a custom cherished by the Catholic women of Kraljeva Sutjeska. Historians believe that tattooing is a custom in the Balkans that dates back to the time of the Illyrians. With Christianization, that Illyrian form was probably replaced by a Christian one, which is the cross. Some consider this custom to be part of folklore and body decoration, while others believe that women got tattoos in order to know “who has not slept with Turks”. Among the population of Kraljeva Sutjeska, there is an opinion that in the Ottoman period, the cross actually became a sign of identity. There is a popular belief that Catholic women got tattoos so as not to fall under the yoke of Ottoman (Muslim) men, because they did not accept the symbol of the cross.
The Days of Queen Katarina
The Days of Queen Katarina is a traditional event that has been organized since 2008 on the Sunday closest to October 25 – the day Queen Katarina died in Rome. With this event, the inhabitants of Kraljeva Sutjeska, and beyond, remember the queen who, according to folklore, taught the women of Sutjeska many skills, especially embroidery and weaving. In this name, during this manifestation, the women of Kraljeva Sutjeska dress in traditional costumes, typical for this region, sing and dance folk songs and dances.


Key contacts

Amra Veispahić
Mirsada Čaluk

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Accommodation facilities


The rural household of Antonije Aždajić

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Rural household of Kata Brđanović

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Gastronomic offer

UŽOK Kakanj – Women’s Association (Kraljeva Sutjeska, contact person Božana Radić, phone: +387 62 782 258) Traditional home-made dishes for organized groups of guests. Only with prior agreement.


Traditional products

- Embroidery - old Sutjeska embroidery,
- Weaving - with a loom,

- Handicrafts, woven and embroidered, juices, jams and pickled vegetables,
Women's Association UŽOK Kakanj - Kraljeva Sutjeska, Fire station, available only in the summer season.
(Contact information: Association representative Božana Radić, Phone number: +387 62 782 258).

- Needle lace embroidery - Cross tattoos among older Catholic women


Hiking association “Bobovac”

Hiking tours on marked hiking trails accompanied by a mountain guide
Contact phone: +387 62 330 085
Sabahudin Kubat ,vice president association

Hunting Association Srndać Kakanj

Contact phone:
+387 32 554 526;
+387 61 969 879

Malak farm Kakanj

Adventure park and zip-line for children and adults, climbing wall, horseback riding, paintball. Contact phone: +387 61 404 407;

Recommended tours/offers nearby

    • Museum of the Franciscan Monastery of Kraljeva Sutjeska

    Parish Office:

    Phone: +387 32 771 700

    Fax: +387 32 771 705


    Kraljeva Sutjeska Monastery is a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is very rich in cultural, historical and artistic contents: numerous archival documents, precious old books, a collection of paintings, and metal and textile objects of artistic craft. Of special value is the museum of the Franciscan monastery, where numerous church objects, folk costumes, old and new books on theology, philosophy, history, geography, valuable paintings and other objects of museum value are kept.


    • Mosque of Sultan Mehmed II. Fatiha (known as the Soldier’s Mosque)

    Contact: MIZ Kakanj, manager Amel Spahić

    Phone: +387 61 602 351 or +387 32 557 701

    The mosque in Kraljeva Sutjeska is part of the Mejlis of the Kakanj Islamic Community and is considered the oldest mosque, but also the oldest preserved building from the Ottoman period in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


    – Necropolis of medieval tombstones in the village of Nažbilj

    – Mount Ponieri and Mount Bočica with mountain lodge

    – A walk from Bukovica canyon to the old town of Bobovac

Key contacts

Amra Veispahić
Mirsada Čaluk