This house is now a restaurant. It has an interesting history because it was originally on the other side of the river. In 1895 the city authorities wanted to demolish the buildings in this area to build a new local authority building. The owner of this house refused to move unless they rebuilt his house brick by brick on the other side of the river. As he would not budge on this issue, they eventually agreed. We did not eat here, but the location on the river is very pretty.
The history behind this old Ottoman style house tells us the owner, called Benderija, refused to sell his house to the autorities who wanted to destroy it to built, in the place, the building of the City hall. At the end, the owner accepted to sell his house on two conditions: a sack of gold and the rebuilt ot the house, brick by brick, on the opposite bank of the river. The autorities agreeded, the city hall was built and the house was transfered to the other side of the river.
Nowadays, this house is a traditional Bosnian restaurant.
The story is the owner of this house was ordered to pull it down on the north side of the river, so in spite he built it brick by brick on the other side of the river. The demollision of the house was required so that they could build the new City Hall. Today the Spite House is a resturant. The Menu is predomiantly Bosnian.
Defiance house has a funny story. Nowadays it is located on the left bank of the river, but it was not since ever. Because of the City hall construction had been supposed to be knocked down, but the owner liked it so much and that he paid a lot of money to save it and move it to the other side of the river.
When the town hall was built by the Austro-Hungarian occupants of Bosnia-Herzegovina the private house of a stubborn local resident, Benderija, was supposed to be distroyed along with the Turkish baths which both stood there. Benderija demanded quite a few ducats as well as that the responsible people would move his house to the other side of Miljacka River. And that's what they did. That's why the house is called the Inat kuca (Spite House).
Today there is a highly recommended restaurant in there but we didn't eat there. I just liked the story...
Inat eans literally "stubborness (spite)" in Turkish language.
As visible in the photo, when the city authorities decided to build up the city hall (later on used as library) that house was there. That beautiful white house was there and the owner of the house agreed to leave that land where the city hall would be built only if they would move his house piece by piece to the other side of the river.
Now,the house serves as a nce restaurant of Bosnian cuisin.