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    Castle from a train
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    Museum Town

    by plavajabuka Updated Mar 27, 2014

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    Castle from a train

    Počitelj is a little pictoresque old medieval town, tucked into a hillside, on the left bank of river Neretva, by the M17 road, half an hour south from Mostar towards 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 town became part of the Ottoman Empire until 1878( when it was occupied by the Austro-Hungarian Empire).
    From the top of the castle, 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 Oriental Mediterranian style.

    The first mosque was built in 1563. Monuments from the 17th century show that Počitelj was a very well-developed place. There are several very famous mouments: Ibrahim paša's mosque, Hadži Alija's mosque, Počitelj's clock tower, Šišman-Ibrahimpaša's medresa and the house of Gavrankapetanović family, the most popular family in the place.
    In the 17th century a famous Turkish writer Evlija Ćelebi wrote: "Bell of PoČitelj`s clock tower rings more clearly than all other bells in Bosnia and Herzegovina". During the Austro-Hungarian occupation in 1917, the bell was destroyed. The Austrian soldiers melted it down for ammunition.

    In 1964, Počitelj hosted an art colony. More than 2.000 artists (including painters, writers, poets) from countries of former Yugoslavia and from all over the world visited the colony. The artists always love Počitelj because it is a spiritual and historical place. The best Bosnian artist, especially painters own summer houses and they enjoy spending time here.

    It was heavily damaged by aggressor in 1993. Following the bombing, Počitelj's 16th century master works of Islamic art and architecture were burned and the whole town's population- Bosnians were killed and displaced. Many works of art and unique pictures, sculptures, and artworks were destroyed forever. The day-to-day situation of Pocitelj is very complicated, the population is unemployed.

    Počitelj is very attractive tourist location, every day many arrives buses with tourist from Bulgaria, Poland, England. This beautiful place is a candidate for the list of UNESCO heritage as a cultural monumnet.

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    A muslim town

    by solopes Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    "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.

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    Unesco heritage site

    by xaver Written Oct 31, 2013

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    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.

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    The Neretva in Počitelj

    by JLBG Written Feb 1, 2008

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    The Neretva in Počitelj

    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.

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    Typical houses

    by JLBG Written Feb 1, 2008

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    Typical houses

    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.

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    Sahat Kula, the clock tower

    by JLBG Written Feb 1, 2008

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    Sahat Kula, the clock tower

    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.

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    Sišman Ibrahim Paša mosque and medersa

    by JLBG Written Feb 1, 2008

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    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!

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    Počitelj, the village

    by JLBG Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    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.

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    Počitelj, the fort

    by JLBG Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    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.

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    Dadzi-Alija Mosque

    by travelbug102 Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    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.

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    Sahat Kula fortress

    by travelbug102 Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    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.

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    Fortress view

    by travelbug102 Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    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.

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    Mysterious Silos

    by travelbug102 Written Sep 3, 2005

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    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.

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    Local artists

    by travelbug102 Written Sep 3, 2005

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    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.

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    Top level of fortress

    by travelbug102 Written Sep 3, 2005

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    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.

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