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Tomislavgrad is located in the northern Herzegovina region in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name of the city literally means "town of Tomislav". The name was changed from Duvno in 1925 by King Aleksandar Karađorđević in honor of King Tomislav - who was crowned King of Croatia in this region in 925. Duvno's name was restored after the Second World War in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. During the 1990s, it was again changed to Tomislavgrad. However, among the inhabitants of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the inhabitants here are often called "Duvnjaci", and the city is often called Duvno. Also, the city is sometimes called simply "Tomislav". The Roman Catholic diocese in that area is still called Mostar-Duvanjska today. During the Roman Empire, the city was called Delminium, and during the Kingdom of Croatia, Županjac. Under the Ottoman Empire it was called Županj-potok, and in Austria-Hungary it was called Županjac.

History of Duvno

Tomislavgrad, i.e. the entire Tuvanj area, is an area with an extremely rich, but also turbulent history. According to archaeological research, man appeared in the Duvanjsko polje area in prehistory, during the Neolithic (around 6500-3500 BC), while archaeological remains irrefutably confirm that the Duvanjski region was inhabited in the Eneolithic (around 3500-2200 BC). g. BC).

The citizens of Tomislavgrad are proud of their rich history, and especially of the coronation of King Tomislav in 925 in Duvanjsko polje, which is why Tomislavgrad is often called the royal city.

Stelae (Stećci)

The necropolises in Duvanjsko polje stand out for their loveliness. You can find them in the villages: "Sarajlije", "Zidine", "Letka", "Lipa" and "Mandino Selo".

Duvno Basilica, monastery and museum

The Basilica of Duvna is considered one of the main attractions of the city. Visitors can sit in the quiet courtyard in front of the basilica and simply enjoy. The interior is decorated with the painting "Jesus friend of the little one" painted by the world-famous artist Vlaho Bukovac.

In the same courtyard, visitors will find the Franciscan Museum, the Franciscan Library, the Museum Gallery and the Ancient Elephant Exhibition.

The underground world of Duvanjsko polje - speleology

More than 200 speleological objects: pits, caves, sinkholes are located in the mountain massifs around Duvanjsko polje and Lake Buška.

The speleological association in Tomislavgrad "Mijatovi dvori" leads us to a better understanding of hydrological, geological and physical processes, but also introduces us to the special values of the underground of our karst terrain.

“Dahna cave”

A cave that has almost everything. It is a magnificent archaeological and even better paleontological site. The estimated age of the bear remains found here is from 5000 to even 20000 years.

Built on its own – “Veliki Samograd”

In the Duvna karst, in the deep basin of Mount Grabovica, there is a deep sinkhole 190 m long, 110 m wide and 40 to 60 m deep.

Hiking

The "Orlova stina" hiking association has more than 170 km of hiking trails, some of which are extremely demanding, while others are good for pleasant, gentle walks.

The most famous trails:

“The King’s Trail” (“Kraljevska staza”)
“One Million Steps Walk” (“Put od milijun koraka”)
- part of the "Via Dinarica" path, which connects most of the natural and cultural sights, as well as the mountaineering associations of Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serbia and Kosovo, op.a.).

"Gospi Sinjska Trail" - starts at the Franciscan Abbey in Ramski Šćit, goes through Tomislavgrad and Solin to Sinj.

“The Buško Lake” (Buško jezero)

Lake Buško, at an altitude of 700 m, is the largest artificial lake in this part of Europe.

During the summer months, the water of the lake is quite warm and suitable for swimming. The lake is suitable for almost all sports that require wind, and the surrounding mountains offer visitors the opportunity to hike and rest in mountain huts.

The lake is regularly visited by fishing enthusiasts.

Nature Park “Blidinje” (Park prirode Blidinje)

Blidinje lake, located between the Čvrsnica and Vran mountains, is one of the most beautiful sights of this region.

Nature Park "Blidinje" offers various tourist attractions, including numerous hiking, skiing and cycling trails, and in addition to the rich gastronomic offer, it attracts more and more visitors every year.

Tomislavgrad Cultural and Information Center

In addition to private exhibitions, promotions, plays and popular acting and dance schools, the Cultural and Information Center is a great place for individual exhibitions, shows and performances by artists from different places and cultural institutions.

Some of the most famous events that take place every few years are:

The presentation of national costumes and the contest for the most beautiful Croatian woman in national costume outside the Republic of Croatia is a well-known event that connects Croats from all over the world and promotes common traditional culture.
Days of St. Nikola Tavelić are a central spiritual and cultural event organized by several cultural institutions and the Municipality of Tomislavgrad.

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