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Stećci in Široki Brijeg

Stećci in Široki Brijeg

From all historical and artistic medieval findings, the most mysterious and the most suggestive ones are certainly stećci - tombstones that can be found throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina (and in Croatia and Montenegro also). Stećak definitely became the most famous symbol of this region. 

Nobody can say with certainty where the stećci originate from, but there are over 60,000 stećci, 10,000 of which have some interesting decoration that symbolically represent the sun, the moon, family, country, hunting, war or dance. Only few of these fascinating gravestones have inscriptions on them. You can see stećci at the several sites in Široki Brijeg – in Lipovci, Sajmište, Šarampovo, Izbično and Barevište. 

In November 2, 2009, the Ministry of Culture of the countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro jointly nominated stećci for enlisting on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, as well as their common heritage. 


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