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Tombstone of Moshe Daonon

One unusual event assures Stolac a second most important pilgrimage site for Jews from all over the world. Indeed, a Rabbi Mosha Danon left Sarajevo in 1830 to Palestine to fulfill his vows; however death got him while passing through Stolac. He was buried on the exact place where he died, and a headstone above his grave symbolizes plates with Ten Commandments. His walk to the Holly Land preceded few legendary events from 1813 when a Jew of Travnik, Moshe Haviljo converted to Islam and started inciting Muslims against their so far compatriots. After he was found dead, all prominent members of Jewish community in Sarajevo were accused and imprisoned. When the word on execution of the prisoners was spread across the city, armed people of Sarajevo – the Muslims, surrounded the Ruždi-pasha’s palace and freed the Jews. Rabbi Danon pledged to go to Palestine if those people got out of the jail, and if he died he wanted to be buried at the exact place.

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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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