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Vareš is a town and municipality in central
Bosnia and Herzegovina, famous for the local miningactivities and production of iron. It is part of the Zenica-Doboj Cantonand the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Vareš is a mountainous town located 45 km from
Sarajevoin the valley of the small Stavnja River 828 m above sea level surrounded by the massive high Kapija, Stijene, Zvijezda and Perun Mountains. The town is rich with archeological findings from different epochs – on several surrounding locations are found remains of prehistorical period, such as copper artifacts in Brgula.
In the town center itself, there is an old stone bridge that resembles to the majority of one arched bridges from
Ottomanperiod. This bridge is considered to be similar by the building method to the Old bridge in Mostar.
* Croats - 11.134 (47,33%)
* Muslimans - 6.631 (28,18%)
* Serbs - 5.166 (21,96%)
* Yugoslavs - 307 (1,30%)
* Others - 285 (1,23%)
* Croats - 9.016 (40,60%)
* Bosniaks - 6.714 (30,23%)
* Serbs - 3.644 (16,41%)
* Yugoslavs - 2.071 (9,32%)
* Others - 758 (3,44%)
1991 census, the municipality of Vareš had 22,203 residents: 9,016 Croats(40.60%), 6,714 Bosniaks(30.23%), 3,644 Serbs(16.41%), 2,071 Yugoslavs (9.32%) and 758 others and unknown (3.44%).
Town of Vareš:
* Croats - 3,035 (51.54%)
* Muslims by nationality - 1,068 (18.13%)
* Serbs - 627 (10,64%)
* Yugoslavs - 859 (14.58%)
* others and unknown - 299 (5.07%)
Due to War, the population of the area had been reduced to 13,293 residents in the
2001 estimation. Ethnically, the municipality of Vareš had 9,700 Bosniaks(73.0%), 3,500 Croats(26.3%), 56 Serbs(0.4%), and 37 others (0.3%).
In 2005, population of the municipality included 63% Bosniaks and 37% Croats.
The town of Vareš has a rich history. There are remainings of metallurgical activities dating back to Bronze age. Also during Roman era the town was famous for its miners and smiths.
During middle ages the Bosnian kings had their center in close proximity of the modern city of Vareš. Bosnia's greatest king, Tvrtko, considered the Vareš' village Duboštica for the center of his kingdom, since it was the mining center of his country.
The remainings of the medieval royal city and castel
Bobovacwere recently proclaimed as national monuments, as was the Catholic church of St. Michael in the town of Vareš. Some of the oldest preserved Catholic churches in Bosnia can be found in the town.
The town was earlier dominated by Catholic (i.e. Croat or Bosnian-Croat) population. The church books are among the oldest preserved in Bosnia and date back to 1643.
During the Austrian rule of Bosnia-Herzegovina the ironworks of Vareš were an important exporter of various iron products to the rest of the Habsburg empire.
The Vareš region also has possibilities for winter tourism development. Due to its position and elevation snow stays longer than in other regions, and the beautiful areas surrounding it are really good for skiing and skating. The mountain resort Doli is located on Zvijezda Mountain.
Places in the municipality
Bijelo Borje, Blaža, Borovica Donja, Borovica Gornja, Borovičke Njive, Brda, Brezik, Brgule, Budoželje, Čamovine, Ćeće, Dabravine, Daštansko, Debela Međa, Diknjići, Dragovići, Draževići, Duboštica, Hodžići, Ivančevo, Javornik, Kadarići, Karići, Kokoščići, Kolovići, Kopališta, Kopijari, Krčevine, Kunosići, Letevci, Ligatići, Luke, Ljepovići, Mijakovići, Mir, Mižnovići, Mlakve, Naseoci, Neprivaj, Očevlje Donje, Očevlje Gornje, Okruglica, Orah, Osoje, Osredak, Ostrlja, Pajtov Han, Pajtovići, Planinica, Pobilje, Podjavor, Pogar, Položac, Poljanice, Pomenići, Pržići, Pržići Kolonija, Radonjići, Radoševići, Ravne, Rokoč, Samari, Semizova Ponikva, Seoci, Sjenokos, Slavin, Sršljenci, Strica, Striježevo, Stupni Do, Šikulje, Tisovci, Toljenak, Tribija, Vareš, Vareš Majdan, Vijaka Donja, Vijaka Gornja, Višnjići, Zabrezje, Zaruđe, Zubeta, Zvijezda, Žalja i Žižci.
* [http://www.vares.pp.se/bobovac/bobindex.htm Web magazine with current information on the city - in Croatian)]
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