Type: Architecture, Historical, War related
The campus of the University of Sarajevo is located on the site which used to belong to the Maršal Tito Military Barracks. This facility was initially called Filipovića Lager (camp), after Baron Josip Filipović, Commander of the Austro-Hungarian troops that occupied BiH in 1878.
The complex, which can accommodate several thousand soldiers, covers about 30 hectares between the neighborhoods of Pofalići and Marijin Dvor.
It was designed by Karlo Paržik and Ludwig Huber in the Neoclassical style with Secession elements. The outer buildings contained sleeping quarters for the soldiers and the central area was reserved for officers, headquarters, horse stables, storage areas….
At the end of World War II the complex was named after Maršal Josip Broz “Tito” and his statue, made by the famous Croatian sculptor, Antun Augustinčić, was placed in front of the barracks. Even today, those who adore Tito as a figure, and for his deeds, place flowers in front of this monument on May 4, which is the anniversary of his death.
After the last war, a large portion of the grounds were made available to the University of Sarajevo. It later became home to other facilities, including the National and University Library of BiH, the Oriental Institute….