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Helena’s guidebook

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The story of Medugorje is well known to most Catholics. In 1981 six teenagers were playing together in the hills between the villages of Medugorje and Bijakovici. It was on this barren hillside that Mother Mary appeared and spoke to them. When the children told their parents the first reaction was scepticism. The apparitions, however, did not cease. She appeared again and again and soon made believers out of even the most vocal of critics. Since then it is estimated that over 15 million people have visited this tiny place. Medjugorje has become the one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.
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Međugorje
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The story of Medugorje is well known to most Catholics. In 1981 six teenagers were playing together in the hills between the villages of Medugorje and Bijakovici. It was on this barren hillside that Mother Mary appeared and spoke to them. When the children told their parents the first reaction was scepticism. The apparitions, however, did not cease. She appeared again and again and soon made believers out of even the most vocal of critics. Since then it is estimated that over 15 million people have visited this tiny place. Medjugorje has become the one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.
When the Stari most, or Old Bridge, collapsed from tank shelling in 1993 it was like the heart was ripped out of most Mostar natives.Even mentioning the bridge for years after it fell to the bottom of the Neretva River could invoke tears as it symbolized both the city and the country as a whole. Now, more than a decade later, the beautiful stone structure that had spanned the Neretva River for over four centuries once again arches across its raging waters. The bridge is Mostar's core and its reconstruction means that life is slowly but surely returning to normal in what is most certainly the most beautiful city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Mostar
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When the Stari most, or Old Bridge, collapsed from tank shelling in 1993 it was like the heart was ripped out of most Mostar natives.Even mentioning the bridge for years after it fell to the bottom of the Neretva River could invoke tears as it symbolized both the city and the country as a whole. Now, more than a decade later, the beautiful stone structure that had spanned the Neretva River for over four centuries once again arches across its raging waters. The bridge is Mostar's core and its reconstruction means that life is slowly but surely returning to normal in what is most certainly the most beautiful city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This unique settlement, listed as a UNESCO heritage site and recent reconstruction has returned the town to its original form. It was first mentioned in 1444 but some documents show that it was built in the late 14th century upon the order of the Bosnian King Tvrtko. Besides its stunning oriental architecture and Ottoman feel, Pocitelj hosts the longest operating art colony in southeast Europe.
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Počitelj
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This unique settlement, listed as a UNESCO heritage site and recent reconstruction has returned the town to its original form. It was first mentioned in 1444 but some documents show that it was built in the late 14th century upon the order of the Bosnian King Tvrtko. Besides its stunning oriental architecture and Ottoman feel, Pocitelj hosts the longest operating art colony in southeast Europe.
Sightseeing
KRAVICA – oasis in stone The most attractive locality on the Trebižat river is certainly the waterfall Kravica, 3 km downstream from Vitaljina in Studenci, near Ljubuški. It was created by the flow of the tuff surrounded Trebižat river and as a natural phenomenon it's under the country's protection as a natural rarity. The height of a waterfall varies from 26 to 28 metres, with a water amphitheater under the waterfall with a diameter of 120 m. Over the tuff filled layer, from the top to the bottom of the waterfall, many plants such as grass, moss and ringworm grew. Along the waterfalls hemp, figs and poplar have sprung up. Next to the waterfall many mills and stoods for rolling cloth were once active.
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Kravice Waterfall
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KRAVICA – oasis in stone The most attractive locality on the Trebižat river is certainly the waterfall Kravica, 3 km downstream from Vitaljina in Studenci, near Ljubuški. It was created by the flow of the tuff surrounded Trebižat river and as a natural phenomenon it's under the country's protection as a natural rarity. The height of a waterfall varies from 26 to 28 metres, with a water amphitheater under the waterfall with a diameter of 120 m. Over the tuff filled layer, from the top to the bottom of the waterfall, many plants such as grass, moss and ringworm grew. Along the waterfalls hemp, figs and poplar have sprung up. Next to the waterfall many mills and stoods for rolling cloth were once active.
KOĆUŠA Koćuša waterfall is situated in Veljaci village in Ljubuški municipality, and it's one of the most beautiful nature pearls of this part of Herzegovina. Attractiveness of this waterfall and nearby landscapes will not leave you indifferent. The height of the waterfall is 5 m and the length is 50 m, and close to it there are mills and stoods which adorned this place for years. Koćuša waterfall is situated on a river Mlade which down below from the waterfall changes its name into Trebižat. Natural resource of this landscape are also sedimentary rocks that accumulated for years, so called ''tuff'' or calcareous sediment which makes this natural oasis even more attractive. On extremely high Herzegovinian temperatures, waterfall Koćuša can be ideal place for a rest and pleasant atmosphere. Beside waterfall, numerous visitors can be thrilled with ambundant wildlife of this untouched nature.
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Kocusa Waterfall
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KOĆUŠA Koćuša waterfall is situated in Veljaci village in Ljubuški municipality, and it's one of the most beautiful nature pearls of this part of Herzegovina. Attractiveness of this waterfall and nearby landscapes will not leave you indifferent. The height of the waterfall is 5 m and the length is 50 m, and close to it there are mills and stoods which adorned this place for years. Koćuša waterfall is situated on a river Mlade which down below from the waterfall changes its name into Trebižat. Natural resource of this landscape are also sedimentary rocks that accumulated for years, so called ''tuff'' or calcareous sediment which makes this natural oasis even more attractive. On extremely high Herzegovinian temperatures, waterfall Koćuša can be ideal place for a rest and pleasant atmosphere. Beside waterfall, numerous visitors can be thrilled with ambundant wildlife of this untouched nature.
Ljubuski is another ancient settlement in the vast rocky hills of western Herzegovina. The ruling family of the medieval Bosnian state expanded their reign to this region and the remains of their old fort still jut out of the hill overlooking the Trebizat River valley. Both the Illyrians and the Romans settled the lands along the Trebizat before the Slavs settled in this part of world. The Old Town of Ljubuski is a medieval town of Herceg Stjepan Kosaca's Fortress first mentioned in 1444 under the name of Lubussa. The upper course of the Trebizat River is known for plenty of fish and the beautiful Kravica Waterfall, situated 5 km from Ljubuski. The lower course of the river is rich in carp fish and ell.
Ljubuški
Ljubuski is another ancient settlement in the vast rocky hills of western Herzegovina. The ruling family of the medieval Bosnian state expanded their reign to this region and the remains of their old fort still jut out of the hill overlooking the Trebizat River valley. Both the Illyrians and the Romans settled the lands along the Trebizat before the Slavs settled in this part of world. The Old Town of Ljubuski is a medieval town of Herceg Stjepan Kosaca's Fortress first mentioned in 1444 under the name of Lubussa. The upper course of the Trebizat River is known for plenty of fish and the beautiful Kravica Waterfall, situated 5 km from Ljubuski. The lower course of the river is rich in carp fish and ell.