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.

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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.

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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.

 

When you think of the city of Mostar, you immediately think about the old bridge, jumps from that sam bridge and the beautiful river of Neretva. Although many people do not know about Rujište.

Most of you have probably never heard about Rujište, I hadn’t heard about it before either. Rujište is a beautiful mountain located near Mostar (yeah Herzegovina has its ski resort as well!) Rujište is a beautiful ski resort in the municipality of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is actually located on the mountain of Prenj. It has an altitude of 1,703 metres (5,587 ft).

Rujište is in between the mountains of Prenj and Velež. It is situated 1050 meters above sea level. And believe it or not it is said that it has the most oxygen on this part of the world.

The prices on Rujište are really affordable and it’s literally a hidden gem in Herzegovina. My first time visiting Rujište was actually with my boyfriend. When we started driving down south I thought they were taking us to Mostar, I mean where else?  But trust me this place is worth visiting. Rujište is suited for everyone and any time of the year! You can go up there and ski, sledge or even snowboard! I tried out the snowboarding because, well I had never tried it before. I was amazed by the adrenaline that it provided with me. I can’t wait to go snowboarding again, definitely better than skiing at least for me!

 

Are you heading out to Herzegovina? Mostar? Or just down south? Well Rujište is the place to be!