Obala Kulina Bana is the street that runs along the right bank of the Miljacka River, from Skenderija Bridge to Vijećnica (City Hall) and is best known as the site where the Sarajevo Assassination took place 100 years ago.
The street dates back to the end of the 19th century, when the right bank of the Miljacka River was regulated. At that time it was called Appel Quay, after Johann von Appel, a baron and government administrator.
In 1919, after the end of World War I and following BiH’s annexation by the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, it was renamed Obala Vojvode Stepe Stepanovića, after a duke in the Serbian Army who was a hero from the Great War.
From 1941 to 1945 it was called Obala Adolfa Hitlera, then later renamed Obala Vojvode Stepe.
In 1993 it was given the name Obala Kulina Bana, after the great Bosnian ruler, Kulin Ban, who ruled from 1180 to 1204. In 1189 he issued the Charter of Kulin Ban, our oldest preserved written document and one of the oldest of its kind to be written in a South Slavic language, by which he permitted Dubrovnikans to trade freely throughout Bosnia.
The original Charter is housed in the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg.