Konjic is a town and municipality located in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in northern Herzegovina, around 50 kilometres (31 mi) southwest of Sarajevo. It is a mountainous, heavily wooded area, and is 268 m (879 ft) above sea level. The municipality extends on both sides of the Neretva River.
The area near the town is believed to be settled up to 4000 years ago, and settlements around 2000 years ago by Illyrian tribes travelling upstream along the Neretva river have been found. Konjic was earliest recorded by name in the records of the Republic of Ragusa on 16 June 1382. The town, being part of the Bosnian kingdom, was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire, of which the lasting feature for the town (apart from the many mosques and bringing of Islamic faith) is the Ottoman-inspired bridge which features in the town’s coat of arms, and later into the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Konjic has received another attraction a few years ago to tempting both domestic and foreign visitors. For years hidden from the public, Tito’s bunker ARK, with the approval of the BiH Ministry of Defense, can be visited by everyone today.
Tito’s bunker ARK
The greatest military secret of the former Yugoslavia Tito`s bunker is located under the mountain Zlatar, 280 meters underground.This atomic shelter could withstand a nuclear attack of 20 kilotons. There are eight alternative exits that are not shown on the map and lead tothe top of the mountain. This huge facility has more than one hundred rooms in a total area of 6400 square meters.
Bunker is built to protect Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito, his family and the closest associates from political and state leadership of former Yugoslavia, 350 of them in a case of nuclear attack. These officials could stay in the bunker for six months without any contact with the
outside world. An important place in the bunker is Tito’s luxurious private residence with six rooms, including his office and bedroom.
This is the story of one of the largest and bestkept secrets and the most expensive structures in the former Yugoslavia . The bunker remained a state secret until after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992. Guided tours for general public became available only in 2011, when Ministry of Defense of B&H, in presence of NATO, proclaimed that the object had no military perspective, everything moved by the idea of contemporary art project called “Biennial D-0 ARK Underground” which was implemented for the first time and proclaimed as cultural event of Eurpe by Council od Europe.
We offer -guided visit to Tito’s bunker
Time of the visit
MON – WED – FRI
10:00 – 12:00 – 14:00
TUE – THU
Price 10 € per person