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About Igman



Igman is a mountain plateau in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Geologically, Igman is part of the Dinaric Alps and formed largely of secondary and tertiary sedimentary rock, mostly Limestone. It is located southwest of Sarajevo, bordering the Bjelasnica range in the south and west, Hadžici and Ilidza in the north, and the river Zeljeznica in the east. Igman's highest point, Crni vrh, west of the Malo Polje road, at an altitude of 1510 m. (4954 ft.), the homonym highest elevation on the east side of this road reaches an elevation of 1502 m.(4928 ft.). Most of Igman is covered with mixed forest with local pastures (f.i.:Veliko Polje: Large Field , Malo Polje: Small Field). Igman was the location of the lowest recorded temperature in the region, −43 °C (−45 °F). When the weather is right, from Igman mountaineers can see all the way to Montenegro and the Adriatic Sea. Igman has been the site of extensive combat during the 1992-'95 Siege of Sarajevo and certain areas, in particular the surroundings of former front lines, feature a high mine risk.During the 1984 Winter Olympics, Igman was, along with Jahorina and Bjelasnica, the location of the competition in the alpine and nordic sports disciplines. Igman hosted primarily the Nordic disciplines; the Igman Olympic Jumps in the Malo Polje area were the site of the ski jumping events and also the ski jumping part of the Nordic combined events. Meanwhile, the Veliko Polje hosted the biathlon, cross-country skiing, and the cross-country skiing part of the Nordic combined event. In preparation of the Games a road was constructed across the Igman plateau connecting Sarajevo through Hadzici to the Malo Polje, Veliko Polje and Babin Dol venues. There were numerous structures constructed on Igman at this time, although many stand destroyed or bear the scars of the 1992-1995 conflict. One of the most eye catching structures remains the Ski Jumping platform at Malo Polje