This serial property combines 28 sites, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, western Serbia, western Montenegro and central and southern Croatia, representing these cemeteries and regionally distinctive medieval tombstones, or stećci. The cemeteries, which date from the 12th to 16th centuries CE, are laid out in rows, as was the common custom in Europe from the Middle Ages. The stećci are mostly carved from limestone. They feature a wide range of decorative motifs and inscriptions that represent iconographic continuities within medieval Europe as well as locally distinctive traditions.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Thematic Routes of Medieval Herceg Lands – Theme medieval en||32.1km||site_izi|
|A Secret Graffiti Gallery, Hidden In A Former Sniper Hideout||2017||29.6km||site_ao|
|Shopping Mall “Razvitak”||29.4km||site_brutalism|
|Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar||2005||29.9km||site_whs|
|Madrid’s Sobrino De Botin Is the Oldest Restaurant in the World||2019||27.4km||post|
About the source: UNESCO
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