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Discover Pocitelj, an Ottoman village
Visit Medjugorje, a popular pilgrim destination
Wonderful sightseeing, Old Bridge, Mostar
At the Buna River Spring, Blagaj Tekija
Mostar
Mostar is situated on River Neretva and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation. Old Bridge which is the oldest single arch stone bridge is built in 16th century and it was the biggest monument of Ottoman Architectury at Balkans. In 90’s the bridge was hitted and destroyed. After war, for the reconstruction of Mostar, a great progress was made, the required money was donated by Spain, USA, Turkey, Italy, Netherlands and Croatia. For rebuilding of the Old Bridge just as old shape, a small prototype of the Old Bridge was done on Neretva River to check the technical availability. And in 2004, the reconstruction of the Old Bridge was finished and there was a grand opening which was held in Mostar. Nowadays, all people who come to Balkans never leave Balkans without visiting Mostar, especially Old Bridge. At Old Bazaar of Mostar, souvenirs and a lot of different symbols about Mostar can be found, and enjoying your drink while watching Old Bridge and lovely flowing Neretva River are extremely recommended.
Pocitelj
Pocitelj, the old Ottoman village, is located on the left coast of Neretva River and on the southeast of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While walking around the Pocitelj, the same feeling can be felt like walking around Safranbolu village in Turkey. Hearing the small kids speaking Turkish sentences is still surprising for the visitors. Climbing to the old Castle is very exciting and the sightseeing at the top of the castle is really amazing. Permanent Protection Programme for Pocitelj is still going on and Pocitelj is found at the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Medjugorje
Medjugorje is located close to the Croatia, 25 km away from Mostar. In 1981, the Blessed Virgin Mary appears to the six local Catholics on the Mountain and gave them some messages. Since that time, the city has been one of the religious centers for Catholics. Mosaics were made for this event, and more than 40 million people have visited Medjugorje since that time.
Blagaj
Vrelo Bune (River Spring) is one of the natural symbols of the Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is at the southeast of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is near to Blagaj village. The flow rate of Buna is extremely impressive, 43000 lt/sn. and it flows out a 200 m unbelieveable cliff wall. At 16th Century, The Ottoman sultan was impressed and commanded to the Dervish cults to make a Dervish lodge just at the spring of the Buna, and now that Dervish lodge is one of the most important historical and mystical places. Here, near to the Buna spring you can find places to drink cold drinks and Turkish coffee, and also you can eat trouts which is specially growed at trout hatchery on Buna River.
Jablanica
Jablanica is a town and municipality of the same name in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. The town is situated on the Neretva river and Jablanica lake. Jablanica is a part of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. During the Battle of the Neretva in 1943, former-Yugoslavia was surrounded by Axis Power at Jablanica. Jablanica Bridge was the only way to reach Adriatic sea for Axis Powers. Josip Broz Tito, the leader of Partisans blew up the bridge to close the way between Adriatic and Axis Powers. This move is called as one of the big moves of the history. Still, the destroyed bridge can be seen and visiting the museum just by the destroyed bridge is highly recommended to see photos and history showing this heroic event.
Konjic
Konjic is located in northern Herzegovina, 50 km southwest of Sarajevo. The city is built on both sides of the Neretva River. Konjic is one of the oldest settlement in Bosnia, about 4000 years old. Between 1953 and 1979, a 611 hidden atomic bunkers were built by President Tito into a Mountain. The bunker was built secretly by the government in the Konjic municipality, in which President Tito and about 350 people from the Yugoslav ruling elite had been able to find shelter for 6 months. The writer of travelogue, Evliya Çelebi, who traveled all Ottoman territory visited Konjic at 1665, and he saw the wooden bridge on Neretva called as Karagoz Bey; and that bridge was destroyed in 1666. In 1682, new bridge was built on the same place and at that time the bridge had extremely high strategic point to pass Neretva River.
Eat the Delicious Cevapi in Mostar