The historic urban site of Počitelj

The historic urban site of Počitelj

The historic urban site of Počitelj
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  • Daniel L
    Apex, North Carolina757 contributions
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    Amazing preservation of culture
    Although much was damaged during the war, Počitelj is still without a doubt one of the best preserved little crannies of old Bosnian life you can find. You can easily spend multiple hours crawling through this little fort and village, and you can learn a lot about the region just from its character. Will say though it is a little bit of a funny juxtaposition when you look out from some of the top ramparts and see the giant modern highway bridge under construction just one town over.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,309 contributions
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    Definitely worth a visit or stop with a car
    Pocitelj may be difficult to reach without a car, but we were fairly nearby while driving from Mostar to Kotor, and took the chance to stop in. We only had about an hour to spare, but were able to hike up through the village to some of the ruined towers/fortresses atop the hill. The village itself was very pretty and seemed mostly untouched by modern construction. The views from the top were amazing. The green Neretva River flowing past the green hills and mostly stone town were wonderful to see and photograph. We were happy that we used this spot as a stop on our road trip - a great chance to stretch our legs and see some amazing sights.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Dingo_6152
    Fremantle, Australia3,076 contributions
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    Well worth visiting
    The historic medieval fortified village of Počitelj, is located on the left bank of the Neretva River, on the main Mostar to Metković road, just south of Mostar Whilst UNESCO heritage listed it doesn't appear to be heavily visited by tourists (a good thing), mainly because it is really only accessible by private cars. Počitelj and its fortifications were built in the 14th century and as its strategic importance grew, the town evolved reaching its peak in the early 18th century. The main features are the 15th century fortifications at the top of the hill (which is accessible by car or foot), the Šišman Ibrahim Pasha Mosque and minaret, the hammam (17th century turkish baths), the Sahat Kula clock tower and the Ham of Šisman Ibrahim-Pasa (inn & stables - which is now a restaurant). It is well worth climbing up to the fort at the top of the hill, as the views over the town, the river and surrounding valley are amazing. On the walk down, just past the mosque, are a couple of women selling freshly squeezed chilled pomegranate juice, which is so refreshing particularly on a hot day. There are a couple of cafe/restaurants in the village where it is worth trying the fresh burek and a cup of local coffee.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Scott W
    138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the feel of the original 15th century town, and the most spectacular view of the river valley
    Toured the town built on a hillside with fortified ramparts and so on, with NowBosnia tours. We had spent the day also at the Roman ruins in Caplinja, (and a pleasant, non-historical stop at the Kravica —waterfalls). Here you can see the size of houses, the makeup of the watchtowers and perhaps have the most scenic view of the Neretva River valley.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Chilliepadee
    London, United Kingdom1,982 contributions
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    A total must!
    On our drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar, we stopped at Pocitelj, which has suffered extensive damage during the 1992-96 war. Besides the ŠIŠMAN IBRAHIM-PAŠA Mosque (also known as Hadži Alija mosque), another highlight in this village is its fortress, said to have been built by King Stjepan Tvrtko in 1383. It played a strategic role in controlling the passage to the sea through the Neretva Valley, and was a main stronghold against the Turkish conquest. It was quite a steep climb to reach the tower, but not too difficult. The view from atop the tower was stunning and breathtaking! Totally worth the climb.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
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Aygun Abbasova
United Kingdom361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Located on the outskirts of Mostar, definitely come see it if you have the chance, it's a very historic and cute village. In particular, the taste of the figs we bought here is still on my palate.

Although the Pocitej castle is a little high, it is easy to climb.
Written 27 March 2024
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,616 contributions
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May 2023 • Couples
The stepped medieval fortress village of Počitelj is one of the most picture-perfect architectural ensembles in the country. It seems like it is in the middle of nowhere.

The hillside mountain village has a rustic charm and a mosque that you can visit. There are efforts to preserve and renovate the village, but the signs of decay are already very clear and I can understand that no one wants to live in such a small village these days. It is a warren of stairways climbing between ramshackle stone-roofed houses and pomegranate bushes.

The village was badly damaged by Bosnian Croat forces in 1993, including the beautiful Hajji Alijia Mosque, which was deliberately targeted. This 1563 structure has now been restored, although photos displayed within show how much of the decorative paintwork has been lost. During the 1992-96 war in BiH the entire historic urban site of Počitelj and all its various buildings suffered extensive war damage.

Nearby is a 16m Ottoman clock tower, while further up the hill is a partly ruined fortress, capped by the octagonal Gavrakapetan Tower. You can climb up the tower or save your energy for even better panoramas from the uppermost rampart bastions.

Počitelj lies only 30 kms from more known and visited Bosnia tourist attraction Mostar. If you are already travelling along the M-17 towards Mostar, it would be a shame to skip it. Počitelj stands tall opposite the Neretva River and has splendid views over it.

In January 2003, the historic part of town of Počitelj was proclaimed a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2007, Počitelj submitted an application for the UNESCO world heritage list.
Written 29 October 2023
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Chilliepadee
London, UK1,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
On our drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar, we stopped at Pocitelj, which has suffered extensive damage during the 1992-96 war. Besides the ŠIŠMAN IBRAHIM-PAŠA Mosque (also known as Hadži Alija mosque), another highlight in this village is its fortress, said to have been built by King Stjepan Tvrtko in 1383. It played a strategic role in controlling the passage to the sea through the Neretva Valley, and was a main stronghold against the Turkish conquest.

It was quite a steep climb to reach the tower, but not too difficult.
The view from atop the tower was stunning and breathtaking! Totally worth the climb.
Written 27 August 2023
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Scott W
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, United States138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Toured the town built on a hillside with fortified ramparts and so on, with NowBosnia tours. We had spent the day also at the Roman ruins in Caplinja, (and a pleasant, non-historical stop at the Kravica —waterfalls). Here you can see the size of houses, the makeup of the watchtowers and perhaps have the most scenic view of the Neretva River valley.
Written 9 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dingo_6152
Fremantle, Australia3,076 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The historic medieval fortified village of Počitelj, is located on the left bank of the Neretva River, on the main Mostar to Metković road, just south of Mostar

Whilst UNESCO heritage listed it doesn't appear to be heavily visited by tourists (a good thing), mainly because it is really only accessible by private cars.

Počitelj and its fortifications were built in the 14th century and as its strategic importance grew, the town evolved reaching its peak in the early 18th century. The main features are the 15th century fortifications at the top of the hill (which is accessible by car or foot), the Šišman Ibrahim Pasha Mosque and minaret, the hammam (17th century turkish baths), the Sahat Kula clock tower and the Ham of Šisman Ibrahim-Pasa (inn & stables - which is now a restaurant).

It is well worth climbing up to the fort at the top of the hill, as the views over the town, the river and surrounding valley are amazing. On the walk down, just past the mosque, are a couple of women selling freshly squeezed chilled pomegranate juice, which is so refreshing particularly on a hot day. There are a couple of cafe/restaurants in the village where it is worth trying the fresh burek and a cup of local coffee.
Written 5 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Pocitelj may be difficult to reach without a car, but we were fairly nearby while driving from Mostar to Kotor, and took the chance to stop in. We only had about an hour to spare, but were able to hike up through the village to some of the ruined towers/fortresses atop the hill. The village itself was very pretty and seemed mostly untouched by modern construction. The views from the top were amazing. The green Neretva River flowing past the green hills and mostly stone town were wonderful to see and photograph.

We were happy that we used this spot as a stop on our road trip - a great chance to stretch our legs and see some amazing sights.
Written 10 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Daniel L
Apex, NC757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Although much was damaged during the war, Počitelj is still without a doubt one of the best preserved little crannies of old Bosnian life you can find.

You can easily spend multiple hours crawling through this little fort and village, and you can learn a lot about the region just from its character.

Will say though it is a little bit of a funny juxtaposition when you look out from some of the top ramparts and see the giant modern highway bridge under construction just one town over.
Written 9 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

R K L
Seattle, WA3,746 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Unfortunately, time did not allow us adequate opportunity to properly explore this beautiful walled historic village. Pocitelj was damaged over the years by war but aparently much of the town has been preserved in its original form dating back to perhaps the late 1300's. Of particular interest was the construction material of the structures. The basic building material was stone, bu most impressive was that they used irregularly shaped stone slabs to construct the roofs.
Written 6 June 2023
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Viajero279
Florida49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The village of Pocitelj is absolutely gorgeous, stunning, and quaint. It was honestly one of my favorite places that I visited in the Herzegovina region. I walked up to the top (this was steep and had to stop in order to catch my breath, but it was completely worth it) where I could see the entire village, which included the mosque, bazaar, clock tower, etc. I was probably there for at least 1 hour, but it was one of those places I'll never forget!
Written 30 January 2023
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David D
Devon, UK25,234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Saturday 11th June we were on a day tour of Mostar from Dubrovnik. On our return journey, heading for the boarder back into Croatia, we stopped at this historic village in Bosnia Herzegovina.

Our visit here was a very short one, from the cobbled square our guide pointed out the main features of the village. Which included hilltop the Kula Fortress the Sisman Ibrahim Mosque and it's minaret tower and the Gavrankapten Tower. Another interesting feature is the sixteen metre high Sahat Kula clock tower.

In 1996 the village, which was heavily bombed during the war in 1993 and suffered heavy damage was named by UNESCO as one of the world's 100 most endangered cultural heritage sites.

Near where we parked up is where the Monument to the Croatian Soldier is located.

Although we were only here a short time, with no time to explore, we fell under the spell of this ancient village.
Written 28 October 2022
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