Only in Bosnia; a beautiful monastery that’s located literally seconds from a cliff: the Blagaj Tekija.

The beautiful Blagaj Tekija, is more less a Dervish monastery not too far from Mostar. Man Herzegovina, has got me in love, the more I explore the South of Bosnia and Herzegovina the more I never want to go home! The beautiful Tekija or Monastery is located in the town of Blagaj. It is more than 600 years old. It is literally milliseconds from a base of the cliff, right next to the source of the river Buna.

The Tekija dates back to the Ottoman Empire. The monastery, or Tekke contains a guest house (musafirhana) and the turbe (a mausoleum) are tucked nicely into the beautiful surroundings. Both of the parts of the Tekija have been preserved to this day, so you can check them out.

When you enter the Tekija, you feel like you are in another century, you feel like it’s the 1500s and you are living in the Ottoman Empire. When you look out of the window you can see the beautiful spring of the River Buna. The beautiful river that has a nice, subtle turquoise green color. What a beauty, it seems like we are going to have some coffee and enjoy the beautiful scenery….God do I love Bosnia….

 

 

When I first saw the name of this bridge, I was a bit confused- crooked bridge? Does this mean it looks crooked? Or were the people crooked that created it? So many questions arise to the normal person.

I was going to Mostar for a day tour either way, so I was ready to check out this ‘Kriva Čuprija’ as the Bosnians called it. When I asked our tour guide, why is this bridge famous? Because I even saw it listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was just a bridge after all? The guide then told me that this crooked bridge was just as ancient as the Old Bridge in Mostar was.

kriva ćuprija

It is said that it is a mini version of the Old Bridge in Mostar. It is believed to have been built in 1558, eight years prior to the building of the great Old Bridge, it is believed to have been built as a trial for the bigger construction or the real Old Bridge.  The arch is a perfect semicircle measuring 8.56 m (28 ft.) wide and 4.15 m (13.6 ft.) tall. They probably built this beauty to see if the bridge would withstand weight and everything else that a bridge needs before building the bigger bridge.

kriva ćuprija

Walking through the crooked bridge, on its cobble stones on a hot summer day in Mostar, makes you feel like you’re somewhere in an ancient city, somewhere far from Bosnia, far from Europe…you get lost in the moment and in the place itself.

 

Hidden in the far northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina lays the town of Velika Kladuša. (Keep in mind that Velika in Bosnian means big, is the city big? Are the people big?) This city is located almost on the border with Croatia.

The name itself the locals told me was given to the city back in 1280, the name Cladosa. A fact that I found quiet odd was that by the 13th century Velika Kladuša was controlled by two different Hungarian Kings. Two kings governing or controlling one city? Got me to thinking how important Bosnia and Herzegovina actually was. How it has gone through so much to be where it is today.

When I visited Velika Kladuša it wasn’t as huge as I assumed, but it had a beautiful castle on the hill top of the city and that was the place I spent most of my time, imagining how the city was years and years ago. How things had changed and how the city had evolved….

velika kladusa

When you travel a lot you can never expect much from the places you visit. You assume you’ve seen so much and that nothing can amaze you anymore.

But then you go to a country where you expected absolutely nothing and you get blown away. Bosnia had been on my list to visit for the past two years but I never got around to checking it out, although when it was time to set off for Bosnia, I was glad that it was finally happening.

čapljina

I entered Bosnia from the South, I had flew into to Dubrovnik and to be honest I had not expected the scenery to be as nice as it was. I had booked a motel in Čapljina, I know it is a city you have probably never heard of, and to be fair neither had I but I stumbled across the city on Google and now I was ready to check it out.

Čapljina is located almost on the border, only 20kilometres from the Adriatic Sea. From the locals I found out that little is known about the city aside from that it was founded in 5BC by the Romans. Wow, Bosnia has a lot of history hidden within its borders.

I spent a day and a half in Čapljina, not enough time but it was time spent well. Čapljina was a city that had a lot of soul but yet it was so calm and relaxed, it left me yearning for more and I will definitely come back!