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„Stećak“ necropolis Boljuni

The necropolis is located in a village of Boljuni, 12 kilometers southwest of Stolac. It has 273 stećaks in total. It is a third by size and first by the number of decorated stećaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A total of 105 of them are decorated. Most of them originate from 15th and 16th century. The most significant decoration found in Boljuni are different crosses carved in different varieties, a motif of a wine grape with a triplet leaf, a motif of a shield and a sword, motifs of rosettes and plastic ribbons, motifs of human and animal figures, hunting scenes, dancing scenes, the moon and stars. A figure of a woman with a child in her arms which probably symbolizes the Lady with little Jesus attracts special attention. The most abundantly decorated stećak is the one with a large cross where a Duke Vlatko Vuković of Kosača kin is buried.

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In the 15th century, the Kosača family ruled the area of Hum (Herzegovina) and was one of the most powerful noble families in the Kingdom of Bosnia. There are assumptions that the family was named after the village of Kosač near the Piva and Tara river. The influence and power of Kosača can be seen during the time of the first Bosnian king Tvrtko I.
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