Počitelj is a beautiful medieval town situated 30 km from Mostar, on the left bank of the river Neretva. This stone town was built on a hill that dominates the riverbed of the Neretva River.

In the middle ages, Počitelj was the administrative center and center of governance of Dubrava župa (county), and its westernmost point, which gave it major strategic importance. It is supposed that the fortified town and its attendant settlements were built by Bosnia’s King Stjepan Tvrtko I in 1383.

Pocitelj

The walled town of evolved over the period from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Architecturally, the surviving stone-built parts of the town are a fortified complex, in which two stages of evolution can be seen: the medieval, and Ottoman. With the establishment of Austro-Hungarian rule in BiH in 1878, Počitelj lost its strategic importance and began to deteriorate rapidly. The loss of the town’s strategic role helped to safeguard the original urban architectural ensemble, so that the town has been preserved in its original form to this day. During the 1992-96 war in BiH the entire historic urban site of the city and all its various buildings suffered extensive war damage. In 1996, Počitelj was named by World Monuments Watch as one of the world’s 100 most endangered cultural heritage sites, as proposed by the University of York, United Kingdom, and the University of Sarajevo, in light of its outstanding value.

Počitelj can be compared with some of the world heritage sites as: Old Bridge Area of the City of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), City of Safranbolu (Turkey), Museum-City of Gjirokastra (Albania), Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), etc. The layout of Počitelj, its architecture and use of materials put it into the group of Ottoman Mediterranean types of small settlements.

Počitelj- with a secret of 400 years old

Počitelj a city of Herzegovina with amazing picturesque houses, forts, towers, and the remains of old buildings more than 400 years old, attracted a team Anatolia news agency. They visited Počitelj – a small town where every family and every building has its own story. This historical settlement with Oriental-Mediterranean character is located in the valley of the Neretva River and is one of the most beautiful cultural and historical entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Počitelj is home to a small and predominantly elderly population of natives. They are mostly descendants of the first inhabitants of this medieval city, and among them are the descendants of the Dizdar family that has been based within the walls of the city of Počitelj for five centuries , and whose continuity is held up to the present time.
Pocitelj - Safet Zec
Pocitelj – Safet Zec
“Currently, within the walls there are 13 families and five families out of the city. The City of Počitelj is permanently inhabited by 40 people, which is made up of mostly older population. This tendency is fatal for the city and its continuing tradition. International and local art colonies have been hosted in the city of Počitelj for years and all of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s greatest artists have made a subject of this beautiful city in their art. 
This beautiful city is a great pleasure and creative well to visit, it has been an inspiration for artisans and creatives for centuries and is well worth a visit.