Visit Jajce ➡️ The Most Breathtakingly Beautiful Small Towns In the World
Jajce – a city of stone, light and water, the royal castle, town-museum under the open sky, was built on the banks of the rivers Pliva and Vrbas. Near the city are the Great and Little Pliva Lakes, between which small watermills have been built, known as Mlincici among the people in Jajce. The strongest determinant of the city, his trademark, is the magnificent 17-meter-high waterfall (the place where the series of travertine rocks of the river Pliva plunges into the river Vrbas). The waterfall decorates the center of town, which makes this place unique in the world.
In this small space opens extraordinary ability to capture a single glance four empires (Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian), three kingdoms (Bosnia, Hungary and Yugoslav), three world monotheistic religions – Christianity (Orthodoxy and Catholicism), Islam, and Judaism – the most diverse architectural styles, andeveryday customs.
Given the great historical significance and townscape value, significant archaeological remains and objects as well as its outstanding natural beauty, this city is classified among the units of special importance from the viewpoint of heritage. A set of material and natural values is a unique quality, and the result of many centuries of human life, in particular social, historical and cultural conditions.
Pliva Waterfall in Jajce
The Pliva Waterfall, located in the center of the town of Jajce, was formed about 50,000 years ago. Throughout its history, Jajce has undergone changes in leadership and governance, but the waterfall has remained unchanged. Majestic and proud, it has withstood the test of time and numerous conquerors. It serves as a symbol not only for Jajce but also for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Below the waterfall, the Pliva River flows into the Vrbas River, and together, they continue their journey toward the Sava River. The Pliva River forms numerous small cascades and waterfalls, with the final cascade being the approximately 20-meter-high waterfall that symbolizes Jajce and Bosnia and Herzegovina.