Type: Architecture, Historical, National Treasure
The Central Bank building, which is located right in the center of Sarajevo on Maršala Tita Street, was built between 1929 and 1932 with modern elements of the Historicist style of architecture.
This structure was designed by Belgrade architect Milan Zloković, while Vladimir Zagorodnjik, scenographer for the National Theater in Belgrade, was responsible for the sculptures on the front-facing façade.
The building housed the main branch of the Mortgage Bank of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia all the way up until the Second World War, when it was then used as the command headquarters for the German occupying forces.
As soon as the war ended, the National Bank of the People’s Republic of BiH was housed in the building.
In 1955, a memorial plaque was placed on the front of the building to honor the memory of the first public workers rally held here on August 27, 1905. During this gathering, workers under the leadership of Mićo Sokolović decided to found the main labor union in BiH.
At the end of the 1950s, an extension was made to the north wing, which ran parallel to Mehmeda Spahe St., and this is now home to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury for the Federation of BiH, and, during the 1970s an addition was made to the northern section of the building (the part facing the inner courtyard), since extra office space was needed.
Behind the bank, in front of the entrance to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury building, there is a park with a fountain that is topped with a bronze figure of a lady bather.
During the war (1992-1995), objects of great cultural-historical significance were kept in the vault, items like the Sarajevo Haggadah and remnants of the archives of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural-Historical Monuments of the Republic of BiH.
After the Central Bank of BiH was founded in 1997, it was allowed to use this building for its own purposes.
The National Central Bank building with its movable heritage was made a National Monument of BiH in 2009.