â€‹The old town of PoÄitelj is located 30 km south of Mostar, near ÄŒapljina. This beautiful stone town along the Neretva River is a unique natural and cultural entity.
Historians believe that the PoÄitelj fortress was founded by the Bosnian king, Stjepan Tvrtko I, in 1383. The town's history can be divided into several periods, the first of which was during medieval Bosnian, and later Hungarian, rule, when the town enjoyed great strategic importance. The town fell under Ottoman rule in 1471.
PoÄitelj continued to develop in relative peace until 1698, as the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire were not nearby. During that period, the town's most important buildings - including the Hajji Alija Mosque (16th c.), the Šišman-Ibrahim Pasha Madrasah (17th c.), a hamam, public kitchen (bs. imaret), accommodation (bs. han), and the clock tower - were built. After the city of Gabela fell under Venetian rule in 1698, PoÄitelj regained its strategic importance, as it was once again located on a border. With the beginning of Austro-Hungarian administration in 1878, PoÄitelj's importance waned again and the town sank into oblivion. This, however, is what enabled it to retain its authentic appearance.
When you visit PoÄitelj, be sure to walk the town's narrow streets in order to discover the rich architectural treasures within the city walls. Don't miss the opportunity to have a drink or a bite to eat on one of the town's terraces, from which you'll enjoy a beautiful Mediterranean ambience. Today, PoÄitelj proves an endless source of inspiration for gatherings of artists and painters. The largest house in town, the GavrankapetanoviÄ‡ House, has been converted into an artists' colony.
Some families in PoÄitelj offer accommodation in private rooms and apartments.