This town is on the list of world unesco heritage sites and it's easy to understand why. It is one of the few villages in Bosnia that still preserve the original integrity, even if it was hit like others during the Yugoslavian civil war.
Climb up the tower to have a great view on the river.
Počitelj is a little pictoresque old town on the left bank of river Neretva, on M17 road, half an hour south from Mostar to Čapljina.
On the top of the hill there is an old Bosnian royal castle, founded by Bosnian king Tvrtko I in 1383. In 1471, after a short siege, the city became part of the Ottoman Empire until 1878. From it visitors can get a beautiful view over the whole area: stone houses with odoriferous gardens, a mosque, the path of kaldrma that conects it all with the castle, a clock tower, hamam, the river, the road and a fruitbearing valley. By the road there are some cafes and restaurants in the Ottoman Mediterranian style. This place is known as paintors' colony.
It was heavily damaged by aggressor in 1993. Following the bombing, Počitelj's sixteenth-century master works of Islamic art and architecture were destroyed and the whole town's population- Bosnians were displaced.
In 1996 it was named by the World Monuments Watch as one of the world's 100 most endangered cultural heritage sites.
Famous Hadži-Alijina džamija, ŠiŠman-Ibrahimpašina medresa i Gavrankapetanovićeva kuća
"In August 1993, Croat warlord Mate Boban's troops blew up the ancient mosque, the Turkish baths, built in 1573, and the elegant houses built by eighteenth-century Muslim notables; then they rounded up the Muslim residents and marched them off to concentration camps."
This is what I read in Internet
In August 2006 we made a technical stop there, bought some fruit and babooshkas, and honestly, we had no idea of that drama.
The Neretva is a 225 km river flowing out of the Dinaric Alps, mostly in Herzegovina and ending as a delta in Croatia. The entire Neretva valley is very scenic with a superb canyon in its upper part. The old bridge in Mostar is standing over the Neretva. After Mostar,as seen here in front of Pocitelj, it is a wide and calm river.
Most houses of the village were built in the Ottoman style and were badly damaged in 1992-96. The prominent one have now been rebuilt or repaired. On this photo, two of them can be seen in the background with their rib shaped windows.
The Gavran Kapetanović house is a large group of buildings built in the 16 and 17th. It should not be missed when visiting the town and we will look for it when we come back. It has ben rehabilitated and is open to the public for visits.
The Sahat Kula was built at the end of the XVIIth. It is a fine example of clock-towers found in Bosmia-Herzegovina. The same type stands in Mostar and Stolac with four vaulted openings near the summit. The summit is built as a stone pyramid.
Sišman Ibrahim Paša mosque was built in 1562 by Hadži Alija (970 of the Egire) and is also named Hadži Alija mosque. It is considered as one of the best example of dome mosques in Bosmia Herzegovina. The dome was shelled and has now been rebuilt.
The medersa has five small domes that can be partly seen on the left of the first photo. Better pictures after next visit!
I wrote in the previous tip that when driving from Mostar, it seemed that the fort was an isolated stronghold. Once passed the spur, the village itself appears. At first sight (I mean from the road) it did not look that impressive as most houses were partly hidden by an abundant vegetation. There was a road sign that said “Počitelj Stari grad” (old town) but there are so many old towns in that region that it might have just another one. However, I was amazed to see that though we were in the morning and off season (May 2007), there were already several tourist’s busses parked. We parked too and discovered the superb sight of Počitelj nested in a natural amphitheater. Unfortunately, we had not enough time to visit but we will come back.
The fortress stands on top of a rocky spur. It was begin to build in the 15th century and several parts were added along the centuries, until the 18th. During the 1992-96 wars, the fort was the only part of the town that did not suffer any damage.
When driving from Mostar, that was the first thing that draw my attention but it looked as if it was an isolated fort standing at a strategic point, on top of a mountain, overhanging the Neretva valley.
Heavily damaged by the HVO (Hands of the Croat Defense Council) during the war, the town has done a great job of rebuilding it. I did not go inside nor did I find out if it is open to the public. My guess is that it's open. Ask at the Mostar tourism association for hours.
Worth the 15 minute hike up through the hilltown. Great views, hundreds of year ago one could easily spot invaders coming up the Neretva river valley. All things considered (war, mother nature) the fortress is still in pretty good shape.
Wow! I can't believe more travelers venture here, if for nothing else, the beautiful view. The mosque in the center of this photo is the Dadzi-Alija Mosque, rebuilt after the war.
I didn't venture into this building but I really like this style of architecture, commonly found throughout Bosnia but not many other East European countries I've visited.
This was one of the few artists' galleries I found open during the spring. Attached to the gallery was a B&B/pension business with a few German tourists there.
Don't mind the graffiti, the views through the portals here are great. You have to walk up a few flights of narrow stone steps but nothing too dangerous.