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Municipality and town
Skyline of Gradačac
Coat of arms of Gradačac
Coat of arms
Location of Gradačac within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Location of Gradačac within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Gradačac is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location of Gradačac
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Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
 • Municipality president Edis Dervišagić (SDP)
 • Total 218 km2 (84 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 41,836
 • Density 192/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) +387 35

Gradačac (Bosnian pronunciation: [gradǎt͡ʃat͡s]) is a town and municipality in the northeastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, located roughly 40 km (25 mi) south of the Sava river. Administratively, Gradačac is part of the Tuzla Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The towns of Bosanski Šamac and Modriča lie near Gradačac. Citiy is well known for it's castle.


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48,384 total


In the census of 1991, the municipality of Gradačac had 56,378 residents of which there were:

  • 60.2% Bosniaks
  • 19.8% Serbs
  • 15.1% Croats
  • 4.9% others


The župa of Gradačac was first mentioned in 1302, while the town's first written mention dates from 1465 (also as Gračac). The town became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1512, its nahija (municipality) was first recorded in the defter of 1533, while its kadiluk (county) was recorded in 1634.

In 1701 the settlement was given the status of a palanka (city), and it became the headquarters of a military captaincy in 1710. The captains of the Gradaščević family led the development of the city, and the most famous of them, Husein-kapetan Gradaščević or Zmaj od Bosne ("Dragon of Bosnia"), led an uprising that raised to arms most of the Bosnian captains in 1831.

The town has a fort with 18-meter high walls built between 1765 and 1821, and a 22-meter high watchtower, built in 1824 by Husein-kapetan Gradaščević on foundations made originally by the Romans. Husejnija Mosque was built in 1826.

From 1929 to 1929, Gradačac was part of the Vrbas Banovina and from 1939 to 1941 of the Banovina of Croatia within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

It was severely bombed during the Bosnian war 1992–1995. It is located at the narrow northern corridor that connects two major portions of the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska, near Brčko. Gradačac became part of the Tuzla Canton in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the war.

Thermal springs

The first spa facility, Ilidža Spa Treatment Centre was built on the thermal springs in Gradačac in 1882. The water temperature is 29.30˚C found at depth of 286 meters. In the area nearby are also two lakes Hazna and Vidara. Both lakes were built as part of project for protecting city from floods who took final stoke in 1964. and 1967. when cities industrial part was underwater due to extensive floods.


The most important industries in Gradačac are textile, chemical, mechanical and food processing. Gradačac is the place where the traditional international fair for plums "Sajam šljive" (also known as "Šljivarevo") is held. In August of 2015. 42. traditional international plum fair "Sajam šljive" was held. It was attended by 250 presenters from Bosnia&Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, Turkey and Hungary. One of the more notable local firms is "Kula" who was founded in 1960 as a small local factory producing clothing. Today Kula is modern and respective company in Eastern Europe with 700 employees and anual production of 300.000 pieces. Kula visits fashion fairs in country and Europe. Kula's models were seen in fashion fairs in Brussel, Leipzig, Dusseldorf and Brno.


In the municipality there are 2 high schools, 7 elementary and 14 regional schools.


Notable people

International relations

Twin towns and sister cities

Gradačac is twinned with:

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