The historic urban site of Počitelj

Photo by Walter.

The historic urban site of Počitelj is part of the Tentative list of Bosnia Herzegovina in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Počitelj, in Herzegovina, is a fortified village that lies on a rocky cliff on the bank of the river Neretva. Even though it suffered extensive damage during the Bosnian War, it is one of the best preserved medieval walled towns in the country. Among its most notable landmarks is the fortress, that fell to the Ottomans in 1471, and the single-room domed mosque, considered one of the finest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Počitelj was included on the World Monuments Watch in 1996 and, in 2000, a program was implemented for its protection, rehabilitation, and revitalization. It has been used by the British Overseas Development Administration's Know-How Fund as a model for cultural heritage protection.

Map of The historic urban site of Počitelj

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Germany - 23-Sep-08 -

Pocitelj is situated on a hill near Mostar and is easily accessible by bus. As many other Bosnian sites, this town is Ottoman in style. It is a historic fortified town with a hostel (caravanserai) and a hamam underneath it. There is also a traditional mosque which can be visited. During the Yugoslavian War Pocitelj was badly damaged and most of its residents fled away and never returned. Nonetheless, some Bosniaks still reside in this beautiful town and you can still enjoy the unique atmosphere of their traditional houses and food.

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