„I beg your pardon, Lady Europe, but it is only Bosnia that has monuments – stećci. What is a stećak? It is a depiction of a highlander – a Bosnian. What does the Bosnian on a stećak do? He stands upright! His head raised, his arm high! But nowhere, nowhere, never, no one has ever found a stećak with a Bosnian kneeling or begging. A stećak with a Bosnian portrayed as a slave.” Miroslav Krleža
Stolac is located in the far east of the Hercegovina-Neretva Canton, which gives it a very favorable geographic location, tying it to the Adriatic coast in the south-west, and the Bosnian hinterland in the north-east. The name Stolac is mentioned for the first time in 15th century. The area of the old town of Stolac has been related to other historical toponyms: castrum Vidoskij, loco dicto Stolaz, Vidosich i Vidoš town.One of the legends says that the Old Town of Stolac was built by Queen Vida who named it after herself.
In addition to the rich cultural and historical heritage dating back up to 15.000 years, Stolac is also rich with water and natural heritage, boasting the title of the oldest urban settlement in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the uninterrupted succession of culture, in the Old Town, and in the abundance of bridges, flour mills, fulling mills, and religious monuments, the traces of Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Slovenes and remnants of the medieval period are entwined, interwoven by the miraculous natural beauty. In addition to the cultural and historical heritage, the present urban structure of the town is dominated by the architectural beauty of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian periods, and the modern and contemporary architecture.
In 2003, Stolac was declared a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today, it is famous for its interesting tourist offer and abundant choice of Herzegovinian cuisine. When you visit Stolac, you will be amazed that a town this small, with such a quaint little river has so many flour mills and stone bridges. A beautiful legend relates to each of the monuments, bridges especially. One of them is the legend of Djevojačka ćuprija (Maiden’s Bridge), constructed for the sake of love of a young maid, Sara Kašiković, the largest privately-built bridge in our country. In the immediate vicinity of Stolac, there are stećak necropoli Radimlja and Boljuni, Moša Danon’s Tomb, (marking the grave of a Jewish missionary who died and was buried in Stolac while he was on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land), the archeological site of the Hellenistic town of Daorson and the Paleolithic location of Badanj.
The application is the result of the research into the history of Stolac, made by employing modern computer technologies. A team of young experts defined the main characteristics of the town and its surrounding area. Each object was photographed using the equipment that at the same time collects the data on the geographic longitude and latitude, which made it possible to create geographically accurate touristic routes. The application also contains 3D models and numerous old and new photographs that lead you through the rich history, and make your experience in Stolac richer and more interesting.
Have you ever taken a stroll alongside a river and felt the spirits of old houses, bridges, mills and legends? Come to this part of Stolac to experience all that and more.
We begin the tour starting from the Sultan Selim Mosque (Čaršija Mosque), located in the very center of the old town, with shops, a guesthouse, market place and a clock tower that tells time again, just as before the World War I, restored to its full splendor.We continue our journey down the Behmenluk street, and reach Hammam on the Bridge,, Ćuprijska Mosque, Inat Bridge, and move on to visitthe house of Aiša Rizvanbegović, a national monument also referred to as the Blue House.Stolac is famous for its flour and fulling mills, some of which are: Mehmedbašić Mill,, Elezović Mill and Leto-Tucaković Mill. The Sara Kašiković Bridge/Djevojačka ćuprija (Maiden Bridge),is an outstanding privately-owned bridge that owes its fame to a sad love story. Before the break, when we will have a traditional lunch or another tasty meal, we will see several other houses: Žuja’s House, Luka House, Čohodarević Family House, Bjelavac House and Čelić House,specific in terms of their architecture and the purpose for which they were built.Then we are only left to visit the Šarić House,the formerBranko Šotra Gallery, that stands out for its Ottoman architecture, and the zone known as the Stolac Horseshoe.
We begin the tour starting from the Sultan Selim Mosque (Čaršija Mosque), located in the very center of the old town, with its shops, a guesthouse, market place and a clock tower. We reach the Clock Tower that tells time again, just as before the World War I, now restored to its full splendor. We continue our journey down theBehmenluk Streetand reach Hammam on the Bridge, Ćuprija Mosque, Inat ćuprija (Spite Bridge),and move on to visit thehouse of Aiša Rizvanbegović, a national monument also referred to as the Blue House.Stolac is famous for its flour and woolen mills,some of which are:Mehmedbašić Mill, Elezović Mill and Leto-Tucaković Mill. Once you reach a gentle slope on your stroll alongside the clear waters of the river Bregava, you will reach an enchanting building.It is the Crkva Vaznesenja Hristova(Christ Ascension Church), with an orthodox cemetery nearby.The church was built in the XIX century, and is the home of an XVIII century iconostasis. Since they are located on a small hill, on your way back you will be happy to get some welcome refreshment from the waterfalls Provalija and Poplašićion your way towards Begovine,an architectural residential ensemble, built by members of the Stolac Captaincy; some of the houses are still homes to descendants of the old families. The Begovina residential ensemble spans from the Begovina Bridge, the most recent of the three big stone bridges in Stolac, to the other bank of Bregava, up to theĐulhanumina House and the Mill Complex of Batan Buzaljko and Sidran Buzaljko. But there is more: once you pass the mills and continue downstream along the Modra Rijeka (Blue River), on your left, you will see a bridge,the Sara Kašiković Bridge,which would not be as special were it not for the legend of Romeo and Juliette of Stolac. And before the break, when we will have the traditional lunch or another tasty meal, depending on your wishes, we will visit several other houses:Žujinu, Žuja’s House, Luka House, Čohodarević Family House, Bjelavac House and Čelić House, specific in terms of their architecture and the purpose for which they were built.
Once we had our rest, we are only left to visit Šarić House, the former Branko Šotra Gallery,that stands out for its Ottoman architecture, and the zone known as the Stolac Horseshoe. Then we would like to invite you to visit theOld Townnestled on a hill overlooking today’s Stolac center, one of the largest towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina.From its slopes you get a beautiful vista of theriver bank park and the Monument to Mak Dizdar, one of the most important literary figures of the XX century in Bosnia and Herzegovina: in his honor, the “Slovo Gorčina” Festival has been held since 1971.
For Stolac, it is said that whoever does not come to visit will regret it, and whoever comes to visit, will come again. You will surely agree once you experience Stolac. Behind the park, you can enjoy the view of theVeliki Bent Waterfalls and the old Bregava Hotel,designed by Zlatko Ugljen, an academic, and built in 1970’s. If you haven’t had enough, and if you are craving for fresh air, the river and the shelter from the heat, just continue walking. Soon you will see the architectural complex of the„Kupaje, public open-air swimming pool“originally intended for Austrian officers.After that, we will take you over thePodgrad Bridgewhere you can get refreshment, and continue toPodgradski konak (guesthouse), Podgradska Mosque and the Ali-pasha Bridge.. From that place you can see the home of the Čokljat family, a residential complex where travelers can rest before they continue their journey. We then continue our tour to visitSt. John’s Church and the Square (Trg and Crkva Sv. Ilije),which is now also the home to themuseum and the art gallery.On our way back, we will visit theTurkovića kula (Turković Tower-house), the former crafts center, the remains of the Podgradski Millwhose foundations were discovered in 2008, and theVakuf of Zejna Elezović, an architectural residential ensemble that belongs to the group of town houses characteristic of the Stolac area. Then you will pass by anotherbridge, the bridge on the Ada.. It is located on the left-hand channel of the Bregave, below the Old Town, upstream from the Podgrad Bridge, and leads from the old bank all the way to the town center where we started our tour. We finish our tour by a short walk to the Mosque in Uzunovići quarterand head back to the town center as the starting and finishing point of the tour we like to call long and interesting, and the reason for this is for you to discover. Along the entire route, you can find refreshment in water from the fountains built during the Austro-Hungarian rule.
Explore Stolac in a fun way! Discover beautiful frescoes on the Čaršija Mosque, listen to the sound of water which flowing through the Mehmedbašića-Behmen mill or admire the view to the Stolac Old Town while standing on the Inat Bridge. Children route brings the joy to the youngest, to explore and learn about cultural heritage of Stolac by colleting star-points for each monument. While the youngest are collecting stars, the older ones can discover the magic of Stolac through the short route, which has the same list of monuments as the children route.
For centuries, Stolac and the surrounding are developed, and all the rulers left their mark. We offer you an interesting route that follows the traces of the past. We start from Vidoštak,some 5 km from Stolac, where the remains of a XI century church were found, and in it a painting of the Lady with the baby Jesus. On your way down the route, on the right, you will seeRadimlja, stećak necropolis, the most famous historic site with stećci, medieval tombstones, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The origins of the development of Stolac, i.e. the earliest settlements, date back to the Paleolithic, visible from the Badanj caveand the engraving in the rock above the Bregava gorge, in its lower course.DaorsonDaorson was the capital of a Hellenized Illyrian tribe called Daorsi, who lived in the valley of the river Neretva between 300 B.C. and 50 B.C. After you have seen Badanj, we recommend that you get down to the town and visit the Old Town, built in the Roman era, that flourished in the XIII, XIV and XV century; in the XVII century, during the Ottoman rule, this was the most heavily fortified town in Herzegovina. Even though it may seem that you have seen it all, and even though you will already be thrilled by what you saw, this route does not stop there, but takes you further to see at least a short course of the river Bregava. Especially beautiful are Provalije waterfallsnear to the northern exit from the town.There are few towns with such beauty in the very town center. Below the waterfalls, the popularSara Kašiković Bridge/Djevojačka ćuprija (Maiden Bridge), to which refers a very interesting legend. Also, please feel free to experience Stolac in any way you like, since we are certain that you will discover interesting places that have witnessed the history and lives of its inhabitants!
A long time ago, Miroslav Krleža wrote:„I beg your pardon, Lady Europe, it is only Bosnia that has monuments… stećci.“Since Stolac boasts some of the most valuable and best known necropolises, they deserve to get attention. For starters, here is the village Hodovothat has not one, but three necropolis, all in the immediate vicinity, which an extremely rare case. The necropolises are famous for the drawings on some of stećci dating back to the XIV and XV century. Next on the route, on the descent towards Stolac,Vidoštakis located some 5 km outside the town.There are several Roman spolia there.Six chests are decorated, and the ornaments predominantly used include a crescent, a cross and a stick. The next, also the most well known necropolis is Radimlja.In terms of the number of objects, the diversity and representation of all basic shapes, the relatively high artistic quality of workmanship, rich plastic decorations, relief representations and epitaphs, Radimlja is one of the most precious monuments of the medieval Bosnia and Herzegovina. Finally, you can visit the less known, but the most valuable necropolis in the village Boljuni.This necropolis has 269 stećak tombstones, in two groups. While Radimlja necropolis stands out in terms of richness, diversity and high-quality relief motifs, Boljuni necropolis stands out for its large number of inscriptions.
Since 2007, the Foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders has implemented sixteen restoration camps. The goal is to gather young professionals from the Western Balkans to enable them to learn more about the practical use of traditional materials and techniques during the restoration and conservation projects. The presence of young people from the entire Western Balkans in one place makes it possible to examine individual cultural identities in a professional environment that is both socially and culturally different from the environment from which participants come. Mutual respect for the cultural heritage is of great significance to the efforts on establishing and keeping peace in any society. The use of cultural heritage in the process of reconciliation and establishing of respect, understanding and trust in and among people is deeply rooted in the very foundations of the Regional Restoration Camps.
The topic that were explored during the Regional Restoration Camps included: techniques of documenting and measuring, use of traditional materials, local community development, interpretation of historical sites, spatial planning aspects related to the revitalization of a historical location or town, and other. The development of camps was supported by seven educational institutions from Sweden, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Several Albanian universities include the camp attendance as a compulsory element of studies.
CHwB Regional restoration camps are designed to provide participants with solid knowledge of theory, active field work, and personal interaction that will change their lives. Practical restoration and conservation work on monuments encourage and remind their owners of the indisputable value of the facilities in which they live and which they own.
Smelling, touching and feeling the authentic wood, plaster and stone is necessary for proper understanding of cultural heritage and getting to know the tangible value of a building. Only after incorporating the sensibility for authentic materials into the hands and minds can one recognize the need to conserve what remains and restore what is dilapidated and decaying.
Regional restoration camps have been organized with the intention to establish an atmosphere that will stimulate reconciliation, a necessary prerequisite of democracy and peace, with full respect for human rights. By motivating personal understanding, CHwB contributes to creating new cultural policies based on dialogue and conflict prevention.
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The first step was to explore the rich cultural, historical and natural heritage of Stolac and select the main attractions.
„This application is a fantastic way to learn about the rich cultural and historical heritage of Stolac, in an intimate and fun way. I especially like that the application contains legends, and a quiz for children, in addition to photographs and information.“
„In our environment, there is not another application that employs the augmented reality model to show how objects used to look, compared to what they look like today. I am proud to have been a member of the team that worked on this application.“
„There are many stories about Stolac, and one of them tells about a young man who was about to visit the town. Before he went on his journey, his father offered him advice about the beauty of Stolac: “Be careful, my son, or you will be blinded once you enter Stolac.”
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