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The Kočerin Stone, Široki Brijeg

The Kočerin Stone, Široki Brijeg

The Kočerin Stone is the longest and one of the most important medieval stone inscriptions written in Bosancica (the Croatian Cyrillic script). It originates back from 1404 and it is placed as base of the stecak on the Viganj Milosevic’s grave in the necropolis called Lipovci, about a kilometer west of the town Kočerin.

This town is located 9 kilometers west of Široki Brijeg along the road Široki Brijeg – Posušje. The Kočerin Stone is 54 cm wide in the lower part, 49 cm in the middle and 50 cm at the top, while it is 137 cm in height. It was even higher, but the top is broken. The inscription consists of 25 lines with 9-15 characters each, so there are 300 characters in total.

The names of five monarchs in this area (Ban Stipan, King Tvrtko, King Dabiša, Queen Gruba and King Ostoja) are mentioned in the text chronologically. Somewhere between 1880 and 1883, the Kočerin Stone was transferred to Kočerin and built into the wall on the right side of the entrance to the Parish Office. Now, it is displayed in the presbytery Kočerin.


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