Begovina is a residential complex that includes houses, out-houses and five overnight houses, one school, three housing facilities, etc. It was built by the river Bregava, and belongs to the Rizvanbegovic family. Bregovina was built at the end of 19th century and, in view of its architectural and historic value, it was one of the most significant housing units in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Begovina was burnt to the ground in mid-July 1993. The housing complex is currently undergoing reconstruction.
This bridge has an interesting story. It's the local version of Romeo and Juliet. In a tale of fobidden love Sara Kasikovic built this bridge because had it existed before her loved one would have escaped and survived.
Kupalje is the local name for this outdoor swimming pool. The pool was built during the Austro-Hungarian era and is very much functional to this day.
Due to a lack of a spring board kids use the wall around the pool and the nearby trees to perform various diving stunts.
Bregava means everything to Stolac and its people. It is a source of water for the city, a place to catch some trout on a tranquil morning and place where all the kids of Stolac learn how to swim.
The river is only several kilometers long, hence it is extremely clean and icy cool even on a hot August afternoon.
Stolac had several mosques prior to the war. All were completely destroyed that for someone visiting the city for the first time it would be difficult to tell that a religious monument once stood there.
The mosque right in the city center has been rebuilt since the war ended. The construction of Careva Dzamija took over a year. The new mosque was built on the same spot and according to the same design as the old mosque which once stood there. The original mosque was built in 1519 and destroyed in 1993. The rebuilt mosque was opened in 2003.
This bridge called Begovska Cuprija was built in the 19th century. It is located by Begovina, a historical area of Stolac that was inhabited by families of stature and nobility. Begovina was burned to the ground during the war. The many historical homes that were located in Begovina are about to be rebuilt as part of a UNESCO sponsored project.
Last time I was in Stolac this old bridge looked rather sad. It started decaying and it seemed that no one was gonna bother repairing it any time soon. Fortunately this winter repairs got underway and they are soon going to be completed.
The hotel in the city used to stand right next to this beautiful waterfall. You should note that the picture was taken in winter time during the summers the water level in the river decreases and the sometimes the waterfall is a pathetic display of a drop of water here and there.
Stolac one could say is a town full of ruins. Some are old and date back to the times of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, others are new from the most recent war. While many modern day ruins are being rebuilt many still stand as a testament to the evil of war. This shattered house is one such ruin, but despite the significant damage it sustained one can see that it once was a beautiful home with its own bridge.
Cuprija refers to a bridge. Inat is well difficult to translate into English because the symbolism of the word is embedded in the Balkan mentality. The story of Inat cuprija is an interesting one. A bridge craftsman was commissioned to design a bridge in Stolac. The actions of his master displeased him so he designed to use inat and get back at his boss. He designed a bridge with non-symmetrical arches.
Great place to take a walk during a hot summer afternoon. This place is always cool with plenty of shade.
This is the largest watefall in the city. It is not a natural watefall rather it was created due to the rerouting of the river Bregava.
In Radimlja, near Stolac, one can find many stecaks, which are medieval tombstones. The white marble slabs, still defiantly upright, are eloquent testimonies of bygone times.