I was planning my trip to Bosnia, when I realized that I hadn’t seen much of Herzegovina and that this time around I should visit Herzegovina. A town a friend had told me I should someday visit is Stolac. I had never heard of Stolac before and honestly I was kind of hesitating weather to go and visit Stolac or not, I mean it is a city that I had never heard of before and it wasn’t on the regular tour guide sites or books. But I mean the prettiest things are always hidden, aren’t they?
I decided to do some research on Stolac. Stolac is situated in Herzegovina, in an area known as the Humina. According to the info I found online and pictures I had seen, Stolac was a beautiful city. So I added it on my list and by no time it was time for me to go to Bosnia.
Of course I had booked a tour and we had a tour guide in English. I had no idea that there had been settlements that have been dated a long 16,000 BCE. Only three kilometers west of Stolac are home an impressive stećak dating back all the way to the 15th century. These stećak tombstones are carved with epitaphs, detailed portraits of the deceased, and motifs such as grape vines, hunting scenes, and wild animals.
Stolac even though a small city, contains unique cultural and aesthetic values. Stolac’s historic core is truly one of a kind. It is full of culture and heritage from four empires: The Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian and three kingdoms Bosnian, Hungarian and Yugoslav. The historical core of Stolac is coherent and harmonious cultural-historical monument with individual properties grown together into one beautiful. Stolac has a beautiful old town and it has a beautiful fortress that you can visit.
Stolac is a city that I need to revisit because even though it is a small city it is full of life and soul.