Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla)
Croatia (Split, Sibenik, Zadar)
Montenegro (Niksic, Podgorica, Pljevlja)
Serbia (Valjevo, Cacak, Belgrade)
LocationN43 5 31.97 E17 55 26.59
Date of Inscription: 2016
Criteria: (iii)(vi)
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;
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.
Property : 49.15 ha
Buffer zone: 321.24 ha
Ref: 1504
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. It is renowned for its striking designs and iconography.
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. It is usually organized in groups forming family graveyards. 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.

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