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Middle Ages Section

The collection comprises around 11,500 artefacts of mediaeval culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 6th to the 15th century.

The permanent exhibition Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Middle Ages is located in three exhibition halls. The first hall contains artefacts from the period from the 6th to the early 12th century; artefacts dating from the 12th to the 15th century are in the second hall; and the third hall houses architecture and sculpture dating from the 12th to the 15th century.

The National Museum has two outdoor exhibitions of stećak tombstones.

Staff: 
Mirsad Sijarić, DSc
Archaeologist specialising in the late Middle Ages
Acting director of museum, research associate
arheologija, srednji vijek, hagada, sarajevska hagada

Sarajevo Haggadah

If we were to pick the brightest gems from the treasure trove of material and intangible heritage kept in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is no way we could leave out the illuminated Jewish codex known around the world as the Sarajevo Haggadah.

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Cross from pre-Romanesque church in Vrutci

In 1960 and 1961, archaeological research was conducted at the Crkvina site near the village of Vrutci, not far from Ilidža near Sarajevo, in which a necropolis of 80 stećak tombstones was examined, along with the remains of a pre-Romanesque church mentioned in the charter of Béla IV of Hungary,

Belt end from Vrbljani

Several early mediaeval artefacts were discovered during archaeological exploration of a castle from late antiquity in Vrbljani near Ključ. Especially notable is the gilded bronze belt end decorated on both sides in the so-called insular style.

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Fragment of a panel from the tomb of king Stjepan Tomaš

During the excavations in Bobovac, the seat of Bosnian rulers, several fragments of panels from the graves of three Bosnian kings were discovered.

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Gothic lintel from the Royal Court at Bobovac

The upper palace of the royal court at Bobovac, a rectangular building 19 metres long and 5.6 metres wide, contained a small court chapel and had large two- and three-mullioned windows.