Radimlja, Stolac

#7 of 14 in Historic Sites in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton
Radimlja is a stećak necropolis located near Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in Vidovo polje, 3 km west of Stolac, on the Čapljina-Stolac road. The Radimlja necropolis is one of the most valuable monuments of the mediaeval period in Bosnia and Herzegovina.HistoryThe majority of its stećak tombstones date from the 1480s and 16th centuries, as evidenced by the epitaph on one of the tombstones - this was the period when the Vlach family Miloradović-Stjepanović from genus Hrabren lived in the settlement located on near hill Ošanići. At the time the location was known as Batnoge, and the period of creation of the necropolis coincides with social-economical rise of the Vlachs.Miloradović-Stjepanović family from the genus Hrabren were of Orthodox faith. The founder was Milorad, who as a chieftain of Vlach origin lived in the second half of 14th century. In 1416 is mentioned his son, Stipan, in appeal by Ragusa due to fighting along Petar Pavlović against Sandalj Hranić and Ottomans. He had three sons: Petar Stjepanović is first mentioned in 1473 and last time in 1486, Radoja Stjepanović died between 1475-1477, while Vukić Stjepanović was mentioned for last time in 1496.They were titled as voivodes and knezes, commanded Vlach military institution and held land between Stolac and Mostar. They successfully incorporated into the Ottoman political and social system. The katun formation by Petar and Vukić Hrabren was part of the Vlach group Donji Vlasi (Lower Vlachs) of nahiye Blagaj - and their katun was the largest with 127 houses and 16 unmarried persons out of 37 katuns, 1383 houses and 177 unmarried persons. At the time Petar Stjepanovič-Hrabren along knezes Vukac, Pavko, Stipan and Radivoj Popratović was included in the order of Ragucan citizens, as well was Ottoman timariot. By 1505, when was buried voivode Radosav Hrabren, the necropolis expansion began to end due to local Vlachs acceptance of Islam, disintegration of tribal organization, and wide social events.
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  • August 6, 2017
    White limestone medieval tombstones. They were in a secluded cemetery and are currently a UNESCO world heritage site.  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    On the inland road from Dubrovnik to Mostar, Radimlja necropolis is just on the half way and it is really worth to visit. Stecak tombs, under UNESCO protection, are amazing.  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    We made a stop here as part of a Rick Steves tour, so we did have a guide to tell us about this site. It was newly added to UNESCO. These Bosnian tombstones do not show family names, however they cele...  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    Nice to come here and look at all the stones. The story is not clear but the images are very interesting! Looks much older than they say...
  • June 16, 2017
    Excellent place to visit if you like historical monuments
  • June 28, 2017
    Well preserved tomb stones from XIV century. Probably very interesting for historians.
  • November 17, 2016
    Nezaibilazno mjesto za turiste. Odlični vodiči, uređena lokacija od ove godine na listi UNESCO-a, animljivi eksponati / Great place for turistic visit. Great guides, perfect heritage UNESCO site location, interesting monuments.
  • December 26, 2016
    Finest historical site to visit in Stolac. Although not pricey with entrance fee of 2 euros per person, there is just not much to hear and do for those 2 euros. One can see most of it in 15 or 20 minutes. Staff is young and educated, they should offer a bit more, because Stolac has rich history, at least, this is UNESCO heritage site.

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