Tito's Bunker - ARC D-0

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Tito's Bunker
Tito's Bunker
While in Bosnia & Herzegovina this summer I was fortunate enough to visit Tito’s Bunker, located in the mountains outside the town of Konjic. I had done some research beforehand and had a general idea of what I was getting into, but to say that it exceeded my expectations would be a gross understatement. The bunker was created in the 1950s under Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, so I had originally (and unimaginatively) pictured a small, reinforced tunnel (or cave, or literally anywhere inside a mountain) that would house and protect a handful of important people for a few months should that be necessary.

Needless to say when what I found instead was essentially an underground city I was bewildered. Throw in the artwork featured in the 3rd edition of the Biennial Project, and, to say the least, I was more than blown away.

The bunker’s physical appearance and functional capacity astounded me- aside from the chill I didn’t feel like I was beneath hundreds of meters of rock and couldn’t believe how efficient every detail seemed to be.

Though it wasn’t the reason for our visit, I feel it important to pay tribute to the art installations- on one hand I enjoyed the installations of Project Biennial which were dispersed throughout the bunker (and honestly wish that we had time to wander through them). On the other hand, I felt somewhat distracted from the history of the bunker and feel that I could have benefitted from fewer distractions (either the art pieces themselves or our group being excited about them). Regardless, the installations created a haunted feeling throughout the space.

Tito's bunker remains safely on the list of my top five places I’ve visited.
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Hadžića polje, Konjic 88400, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 36 727-645
Sat, Sun 9:45am - 12:30pm
Mon - Fri 9am - 2:15pm