Pocitelj Travel Guide

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    Castle from a train
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    Počitelj
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    Počitelj
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Pocitelj Things to Do

  • Museum Town

    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...

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  • A muslim town

    "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 InternetIn August 2006 we made a technical stop there,...

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  • Unesco heritage site

    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

    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

    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...

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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

    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...

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  • Počitelj, the village

    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”...

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  • Počitelj, the fort

    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...

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  • Dadzi-Alija Mosque

    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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  • Fortress view

    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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  • Sahat Kula fortress

    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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  • Mysterious Silos

    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

    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

    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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Pocitelj Transportation

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    by travelbug102 Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Take the number 41 bus from Mostar (going to Capljina). The town is about 30km south of Mostar. There are probably around 7-8 buses per day.

    If you're driving just head south down the M-17, plenty of parking around.

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