Monastery St. Bonaventure was built in 1900. 1900. in building is opened Franciscan gymnasium.
In first days school was opened for all students, catholics students and outside students. In 1928. school closed for outside students and till 2007. this schools was opened just for catholic students. In monastery is located one of the oldest libraries in Visoko and area.
In Visoko there is a homeland museum which exhibits the cultural and historic heritage of the Visoko area, and Bosnia. Most of the exhibits are related to the medieval Bosnian state, because the Visoko valley (Mile, Biskupići and Mošte) was once the center of the Bosnian kingdom. In the museum there are many objects and documents from Middle Ages, one of which is a fragment of the old castle and town of Visoki. In Goduša there is an extension of the museum where there are antique works of old Goduša's crafts, which are mostly woodcarving.
In center of Visoko you can see memorial table with names of killed soldiers in war.
Visoko area units lost 297 soldiers, 600 were wounded and disabled. 23 soldiers from Visoko area got highest ranking in ARBiH Zlatni Ljiljan (Golden Lilly), and 19 members of police got Golden Police Star. Civilians also suffered, many of them wounded or killed, although throughout whole war Visoko served as center for refuges across Bosnia and Herzegovina, as it was considered well defended by their units, thus Visoko was logistical center of Army BiH because it had industrial capacity and an improvised aerodrome.
Visoko means "high place" in the Bosnian language. It is in a beautiful mountain valley, and you can see many beautiful views for many kilometers around if you go on top of one of the mountains. It is at the foot of the Dinaric Alps, and just behind the town here are some very, very large Alpine mountains in between Visoko and the ancient city of Fojnica. There is a great chance to go hiking here too, and you can pass many beautiful days doing this or camping. Please be careful though and take a guide who knows what they are doing because there are those damn mines everywhere in this country!!! It is very sad and unfortunate, because I believe BiH is most beautiful country in Europe and our outdoor tourism could be huge if it was not for this! A good guide will know where and where not to go. Apart from the areas I know, even I do not go places where I do not know if there are mines...it is just too difficult to know what is safe and what is not.
Take some time to walk around the streets of Visoko, especially if you are not used to an old traditional Bosnian or Balkan town. It is a very nice place, and you will see the beautiful and friendly people of Visoko. There are many beautiful houses here. I think you will enjoy the red roofed architecture that is so common in BiH.
This was and is the "robna kuca" or the department-store. As you can see from my picture, you will not find much to buy there now. It will hopefully be rebuilt to give people of Visoko more options for shopping. If you like this "war tourism," which personally I do not understand, there are things to see in Visoko. The road in to the town is full of buildings that have been completely destroyed and only God knows if they will ever be rebuilt again. I know that many people go to BiH to see things that happened during the war. You can come to Visoko to see some things like this, but again I do not understand the point of this. It is very sad and depressing because many times people died along with these buildings.
If you would like to see an example of very old Turkish Ottoman architecture in Visoko, please visit this beautiful wooden mosque. It is currently being renovated as you will notice when you see it. It was once a very beautiful building and will be once it is restored. The top of the minaret is very beautifully decorated but this is something you cannot see from my horrible photo!
This is a very famous mosque, in Bosnia and in the world. It has won the Aga Khan Award for Islamic Architecture. The inside is very unique as well, with natural skylight used to light the prayer-hall. It is very beautiful and a very nice spot for prayer if you are of the Muslim faith. It is not quite the same as Begova in Sarajevo but it is definitely worth a visit.
If you go past Bijela dzamija to where Carsijska joins Ulica Podvisoki, you will see this beautiful old mosque. Good example of old style undomed Turkish-Bosnian mosque.
This is a better picture from ArchNet.org showing the detail of the minaret of this mosque. Please note that the mosque was closed when I was last there for renovation so you cannot pray here.
Unfortunately, the mosque still needs to be restored. This is a picture of what it looks like right at this moment.