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Radimlja, Bosnia and Herzegovina


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Radimlja is a main UNESCO World Heritage Site where is possible to see so called Stecci, a monumental medieval tombstones. Radimlja necropolis located near town Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is one of the most valuable monuments of the medieval period in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Last updated on: 24 June 2020

Radimlja description

Stecci is the name for monumental medieval tombstones, that lie scattered mainly across Bosnia and Herzegovina, and minority amount of Stecci is located around the border parts of Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. An estimated 60,000 are found within the borders of modern Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rest of 10,000 are found in what are today Croatia (4,400), Montenegro (3,500), and Serbia (2,100), at more than 3,300 odd sites have it in poor condition.

Stecci appearing in the mid 12th century, with the first phase in the 13th century, and reached their peak in the 14th and 15th century, before disappearing during the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the very early 16th century. Stecci were a common tradition amongst Bosnian, Croatian and novadays Montenegro population, Catholic and Orthodox Church followers alike, however the original ethnic and religious affiliation is still undetermined. The one of the best preserved collection of these tombstones is named Radimlja, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stecci can be described as horizontal and vertical tombstones, made of stone, with a flat or gable-top surface, with or without a pedestal. The common classification divided Stecci into recumbent Stecci and standing Stecci. The systematization of Stecci is not currently complete, nd currently recognized seven main shapes: slab, chest, chest with pedestal, ridge/gable, ridge/gable with pedestal, pillar, and cross.

For instance, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to UNESCO, "about 40,000 chests, 13,000 slabs, 5,500 gabled tombstones, 2,500 pillars/obelisks, 300 cruciform tombstones and about 300 tombstones of indeterminate shape have been identified. Of these, more than 5,000 bear carved decorations".

The majority of its Stecci tombstones date from the 1480s through the 16th century, as evidenced by the epitaph on one of the tombstones.

The Radimlja necropolis includes 133 Stecci. The core of the necropolis was built at the end of the 14th century, when three big chests were made, of which two are richly decorated with motifs in bas-relief. The next phase included simple chests and ridges with flower crosses on the front and borders acanthus leaves. The last phase with circa 20 separate Stecci of high quality and diverse forms indicates that the site was the cemetery of the local noble, attested in epitaphs on five tombstones.

Due to several Illyrian burial mounds near the necropolis, it seems the location was used from earlier times as a resting place for the dead, and the local population continued this ancient tradition.

Nearly half Stecci (63) were decorated, in bas relief, engraving or a combination. The finest decorated examples are tall chests with pedestal and sarcophagus with pedestal, saved for the social elite.

Figural depictions can be divided to those of male figures with raised right hand, scenes of hunting, posthumous kolo and chivalric tournaments with basic artistic and religious interweaving of pagan and Christian ideas.

Stecci were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016. It includes a selection of 4,000 stećci at 28 necropolises, of which 22 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, two from Croatia, three from Montenegro, and three from Serbia.

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Discover Bosnia in 4 days all seasons tour from Dubrovnik. Visit fortresses, monasteries, old towns and cave.

tour start in: Dubrovnik, Croatia

tour finish in: Dubrovnik, Croatia

tour duration: 4 days (3 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

tour destinations: Blagaj, Kravica, Kupari, Međugorje, Mostar, Počitelj, Radimlja, Stolac, Ston, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Vjetrenica, Zavala

Discover Bosnia & Herzegovina in this all seasons 4 days tour from Dubrovnik. First, on the way to Bosnia & Herzegovina, we will visit old Croatian coastal town Ston, known for its medieval town walls. After entering Bosnia & Herzegovina, we going to see Blagaj monastery and at the end of day arrive to Mostar. In Mostar we will see old town and famous Mostar bridge. In the area of Mostar we will visit pilgrimage center Međugorje, natural park Kravica with waterfalls, Počitelj fortress. On next day we need to see old fortress Stolac, Vjetrenica cave and Zavala monastery. Next day bring us to Trebinje, known for its old town and beautiful cathedral. Close to Trebinje is located old orthodox monastery Tvrdos which we will need to visit also. At the summer season, before return back we will stop on a beach to refresh in the Adriatic sea.

 

4 days

Price from € 408

 



All seasons 12 days Bosnia discovery non-touristy tour from Sarajevo. Off the beaten path travel to Medieval land of Bosnia.

tour start in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour finish in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour duration: 12 days (11 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour destinations: Blagaj, Bobovac, Doboj, Jajce, Kraljeva Sutjeska, Kravica, Maglaj, Međugorje, Mostar, Počitelj, Radimlja, Stolac, Tešanj, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Vjetrenica, Vranduk, Zavala, Zenica

All seasons 12 days discovery tour over Bosnia-Herzegovina from Sarajevo. Visit this medieval land and see old towns, fortresses and monasteries. Think on this tour as good example off the beaten path travel, out of touristy areas, and safer to take in current situation. During this tour we going to visit medieval old town Jajce and it's fortress, historical center of town Mostar (UNESCO site) and stay on famous Mostar bridge, will walk in medieval fortresses Vranduk, Maglaj, Doboj and Tesanj, visit calm sunny town Trebinje, silent Tvrdos monastery and Zavala monastery, refresh in Vjetrenica natural cave, walk in streets of fortified town Počitelj, enjoy Stolac hilly fortress, wonder on beauty of Kravica waterfalls and pass the beauty nature all days.

 

12 days

Price from € 1,650

 



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