Armijska Ratna Komanda D-0

Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Armijska Ratna Komanda ARK D-0, nicknamed Tito's bunker, is a Cold War-era nuclear bunker and military command centre located near the town of Konjic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Built to protect Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito and up to 350 members of his inner circle in the event of an atomic conflict, the structure is made up of residential areas, conference rooms, offices, strategic planning rooms, and other areas. The bunker remained a state secret until after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Built between 1953 and 1979 inside Zlatar Hill at the southern foothills of Bjelašnica Mountain, the ARK is the largest nuclear shelter, and one of the largest underground facilities, ever built in the former Yugoslavia. For over a decade after its completion, it was the most secret military installation in the country. All construction workers were carefully vetted, signing a confidentiality contract, and all staff members held the highest security clearance.

Tito's bunker now serves as a meeting point for artists from across the region, Europe, and the world. The goal of the Project Biennial of Contemporary Art is to transform a site still officially under military control into a prestigious regional cultural institution at the forefront of emerging artistic trends. The project seeks to preserve cultural heritage and a historic structure as well as to create artistic value and reestablish broken connections between artists and creative people in the region.

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Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Lars (7 months ago)
Well worth a visit. Excellent guides. Make sure to be there at 9, noon or 15.
Milan Jereb (8 months ago)
Third most expensive project in Yugoslavia. Nice touch of history. You visit Tito's office and sleeping room.
Mirad Isakovic (9 months ago)
Nuclear shelter - Yugoslav war command center from cold war period. Tito’s secret atomic war command center, capable to host 350 persons - state and army leaders, can survive for 6 months inside shelter. Shelter is underground facility, entrance is camouflaged with ordinary house, secured by nuclear prof door behind house, can survive nuclear impact up to 25 kT.
Harmen Quast (9 months ago)
Interesting site, the bunker is completely intact, it was converted to an art museum, so not al interiors are saved, but enough to get a good idea of how it was. Excellent (english speaking) guide that has interesting things to say but also lets you explore on your own. Fascinating peace of history.
Rick (10 months ago)
A fantastic and fascinating dive into a cold war bunker. Slightly confusing setup - those aren't opening times, they're the timed slots for tours. And it's kinda hard to buy tickets online, but they do take cash on entry. Once inside you can see the operation of the bunker, several rooms with original (and uber-cool) furniture, plus art installations from a variety of Balkan artists responding to the bunker and the politics of the region. Highly recommended
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