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Tito’s underground nuclear bunker near Konjic
The secrets of one of the most intriguing figures of the old communist bloc are laid bare in this underground nuclear bunker in Bosnia-Herzegovina that's now open to the public. This is the story of one of the largest and best-kept secrets of the former Yugoslavia, once a miracle of construction, special, extraordinary and complex for a special purpose - a secret facility called D-0.This bunker was one of the most expensive structures in the former Yugoslavia.
In the ranking of top-secret military sites in the countries that comprised the former Yugoslavia, bunker number D-0 in the town of Konjic, 50km south-west of the capital Sarajevo, was the most important.
From here it would be possible to govern the country, or what was left of it. It’s a kind of labyrinth, a complex of residential areas, conference rooms, offices, halls for strategic planning, a ‘presidential bloc’ and other sections. The construction of the tunnel was done in total secrecy.
Teams of workers often changed so no one would know too much about the bunker, and workers were brought there blindfolded so they wouldn’t know its exact location.
In 1992, Bosniak members of the rump JNA refused to carry out JNA orders to destroy the bunker.
The bunker is now a venue for a biennial of contemporary art. Prompted by the letters in the code of the bunker, the project has been dubbed D-0 ARK Underground. There is irony in the fact that the bunker, designed and built strictly to accommodate a small circle of the elite, has been reborn and is open to all.
- Underground area: 20 000 square meters
- Atomic protection: 25 kilotons
- The cost of this work : Nearly $5 billion, about $8 billion in today’s money