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Basilica in Mokro (Mokriskik), Široki Brijeg

Basilica in Mokro (Mokriskik), Široki Brijeg

The present name of the village Mokro near Široki Brijeg is in connection with the old city Mokriskik, which was mentioned in the second half of the fifth century by Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, in his work "De administrando imperio". 

This Roman and medieval fortification (180 x 60 meters), which was protected by natural slopes and thick walls, was used as a refuge or a shelter. The remains of bastions, still visible in the form of large burial mounds are located at the highest point, while parts of buildings made of carved stone without mortar are visible in foothills. Remains of rectangular buildings and water tanks, built of stone and mortar, are noticed at the top of the plateau. 

According to some interpretations, the name "Mokriskik" originates from the name of the town Mokr'skik (astronomer), which was located in an area where early Christian basilica with the baptistery was later found. Basilica in Mokro served its purpose in the Middle Ages, along with the nearby necropolis with many stećci. The famous and valuable stećak called “Vitko”, which was found in this area, is located in front of the National Museum in Sarajevo.


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