Hercegovačka Gračanica


Offering phenomenal views, this hilltop complex comprises a bell tower, gallery, cafe-bar and bishop's palace, but most notably the compact but eye-catching Presvete Bogorodice (Annunciation) Church. The latter's design is based very symbolically on the 1321 Gračanica monastery in Kosovo, a historically significant building that's considered sacred by many Serbs. The Trebinje version was erected in 2000 to rehouse the bones of local poet-hero Jovan Dučić.

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2. Hercegovina Museum

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3. Trg Slobode

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4. Bukovac House

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5. Račić Family Mausoleum

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6. Our-Lady-of-the-Snow Monastery

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7. St Nicholas' Church

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8. Baltazar Bogišić Collection

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