Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic deserves to be an honorary citizen of Visoko because of the positive images of the town he sent out into the world during his visits to the site of the ‘Bosnian Pyramids’, the head of the ‘Archaeological Park: Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation’, Dr. Semir Osmanagic, told N1.
The alleged pyramid discovery in the town from 2005 still divides the scientific community. The person behind it, Dr. Osmanagic, has been promoting the site and bringing countless visitors to the town.
The hills around Visoko are, according to him, man-made pyramids that have a positive effect on the human immune system and energy levels.
Osmanagic called the research on the ‘Bosnian Pyramids’ a “long-term project.”
“We are doing archaeological excavations,” he said, explaining that his organisation has all the necessary permits for its activities.
He said that he is personally the biggest donor to the project to date but that the Foundation is now also self-financing.
“Within some ten years, we started self-financing through tickets, souvenirs, books… My books have been translated into 17 languages. We as a Foundation are a non-profit organization. But we have established four legal entities. We have Bosanske piramide d.o.o., which sells tickets. There are employees, workers, guides,” he explained.
He explained that the year 2020, which was a difficult year for tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, was a “record year” for his foundation.
“Last year, in 2020, we had a record year, 85,000 tickets sold. There were about 600,000 people from all over the world from the beginning until today,” he said.
But the popularity of the site can best be seen by the number of volunteers working there every year, he said.
“In 10 years, we had 3,550 volunteers from 63 countries. And they come back every year,” he said.
“Djokovic initiated that contact, he has been following our work for years,” Osmanagic said, explaining that the Serbian tennis star is interested in “history, pure energies, Tesla energies, spirituality.”
He said that he developed a “sincere friendship unburdened by personal interests” with Djokovic.
“He visited three times. He first came a day after he recovered from Covid and he was not in a good mood. He already felt better the second day. The second time visited in October and the third time now in early May, and the visits were obviously successful,” Osmanagic said, implying that visiting the site was beneficial for Djokovic’s physical health and contributed to his success.