Sunday, April 26, 2015

Abandoned Buildings in Bosnian Countryside

While on a recent in-country travel (the fruits of which you will see in the upcoming week), somewhere in the vast countryside of central Bosnia and Herzegovina, I spotted these run-down and abandoned houses. I stopped my car on the side of the road, and took a look around. Even though there is lots of beauty here (and I hope to show that to you in the images from the actual destinations from that day) these rugged sights somehow caught my attention first.

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When you stand in front of these houses, you can't help but wonder, who lived here, and what these houses were used for. Like in the shot above, the huge entrance into the building is a mystery to me.


On the right side from the houses a destroyed building can be seen. I have no idea what it once was, but by the looks of it seems like a old school or factory.



But there were also functioning buildings here, waiting to be discovered.


After a couple of steps towards the houses I saw a well kept church and a gate leading towards it.


The church is located on the most beautiful field. A small graveyard can be found behind the church towards the hills.


After I took the images, It was time to continue the road trip.


Are there any sights in the countryside like these here, in your parts of the world?


34 comments:

  1. Old building have such great character about them and sometimes you are fortunate to meet someone aorund them that can tell you a bit about what they were used for in the past. Yes well worth stopping to photograph them for us to see. Have a lovely Sunday

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    1. You too Margaret. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Excellent photography. When I see abandon buildings I always wonder why. In this case the buildings appear to be in bad shape and perhaps they have been condemned.

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    1. They have probably been destroyed in the war from the 90s here and never rebuild. Here in the far away mountain countryside life has not returned to the usual and probably never will.

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  3. Hauntingly quiet they sit, with tales to tell.. if only they could. And among all the ruin a beautiful church.
    I love exploring old buildings and I too wonder.
    I really enjoyed this series, Mersad.

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    1. Thanks so much Laura. I hope you will enjoy the images from our actual road trip. I hope to have them ready soon :D

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  4. They have beauty but could they speak would have sad stories to tell.

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  5. There is sadness and romance to these abandoned buildings. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  6. number 3 is my most favorite today. and i can't imagine why the doors are so wide, unless it was a big double door, but why would they have that. maybe it was a business or a store. they are beautiful just as they are today. the church looks like they started to repair and stopped with the bell tower... we don't have any old abandoned buildings here, they make people tear them down if they don't repair them. out in the country there will be a few, but not of stone.

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  7. here is a link to Abandoned America with photos of old buildings.. https://www.facebook.com/abandonedamerica.us?fref=ts not mine of course

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    1. Thanks for the link. Will check it out! :)

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  8. So many questions as to what these buildings were used for Mersad.. I absolutely love imagining what that might be :) We do see abandoned buildings also, but not so many.

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  9. So many questions as to what these buildings were used for Mersad.. I absolutely love imagining what that might be :) We do see abandoned buildings also, but not so many.

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  10. There's something about old abandoned buildings that draws us to photograph them. This village is amazing - your photographs are superb! And the surrounding scenery looks pretty spectacular too.

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  11. What a beautiful little church. Looks untouched and frozen in time.
    The town is beautiful. Abandoned buildings leave so much mystery behind.

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  12. Quite astonishing and, in a way, very moving too. Was there an inhabited village nearby?

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    1. Yes, there was. Maybe a couple of miles down the road. You will get a better sense of the surrounding in my post tomorrow that will chronicle our road trip, and it will include a map as well.

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  13. Beautiful, Mersad. Yes, we have some lovely scenes along the roads here. We'll begin our road trip from Florida to Ohio next week. We'll probably stay on the highway this time, though, because we are so eager to get home to the family - including those three beautiful Labrador Retrievers. ;) I always enjoy your blog. When we get home I'll have better Internet access to visit more often.

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    1. Yeah, I understand what you mean. And get home quickly to those lovely dogs! Have a safe trip.

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  14. Oh, so many questions indeed!! I occasionally see abandoned buildings/houses when traveling outside the city and I always wonder what their history is. Terrific captures as always, Mersad!! I do love those blue, blue skies and puffy, white clouds!! Hope you have a great new week!!

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  15. My first reaction was that they were probably the victims of the war. The sadness of that is mitigated by the rebuilding and vitality I see in your city images. The bell tower on the church appears to be newer than the building--- it is a lovely church. Great pictures, Mersad.

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  16. No, absolutely nothing like that here in the UK which is a shame as I find abandoned buildings absolutely fascinating

    mollyxxx

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  17. These photos are right up my alley!

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  18. Beautiful, Mersad! So sad to see that they are abandoned.

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  19. Abandoned buildings always have a type of haunting beauty about them. You have captured it well.

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  20. Beautiful photos of these old, abandoned buildings. Always makes one wonder about the lives of people who lived there, what tragedies befell them. A sadness there even in that beautiful light.

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    1. I agree with you. That was definitely what I though when standing there, since it wasn't only one house that I saw, but many of them, so close together.

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  21. I see places like this in Connecticut and I see places like this in Florida and just about every other place I have been. In a way, they illustrate the sad reality that life is hard, many people survive and thrive, but many fail.

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    1. That is true, and I'm sure there are lots of buildings here that share those stories. On the other hand, the war 20 odd years back here, has definitely made people move (some even sent in exile) and thus sights like these are way too common in remote areas.

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  22. Yes, we have abandoned buildings too. I read that in Detroit the city is tearing them down because there are so many abandoned homes (due to bankruptcies) that they are a blight.

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  23. Du konntest diese Ruinen wieder fantastisch fotografieren. Mir gefällt am besten das Haus mit dem großen Baum daneben.
    Liebe Grüße

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  24. Every old building has a story to tell! Beautiful photos!

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  25. Nice find and pictures to go with! What a curious place this is, sure would be interesting to know the history of these buildings...

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  26. It's like you stumbled onto a ghost town.

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