Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Trip to Blagaj [Part 2/3]: The Old Town

We continue our stay in Blagaj. After having seen the bridges and restaurants on our way to the Tekke, we finaly arrive there in this second part. It's located right next to the spring of the river Buna, which we will further explore in part three.

The river flows out of a 200m cliff wall and screates the Buna River. Unsurprisingly, the Ottoman sultan, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, was impressed, and ordered a tekke (tekija) to be built right next to it. This 16th century house/monastery was built for the Dervish cults and is still one of the most mystical places in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is open to visitors all year round and serves cold drinks, tea and Turkish coffee in a beautiful garden overlooking the source of the River.
This is a multi part series. Other parts include:
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A close up of the windows of the monastery, newly renovated. This is right next to the cliffs and the river spring.


The tekke is located behind this white building, which serves now as a museum.





Overlooking the rest of the Buna River spring aeria.



These small tables have some nice and intricate engravings on them. These would be commonly used for coffee and drinks, while bigger tables for lunch can be found next to them.




A look up at the roof of the tekke/monastery and the cliffs behind it. From this perspective a vertigo effect can come upon you, as you feel the cliffs coming down on you.







Here is also a very good short video I found of this location on YouTube. This was not filmed by me. All rights go to the original author Renato Kristic. The footage was taken from the air which adds a great view of the surroundings. You can check out his YouTube Channel for more videos like this from Bosnia and Herzegovina.



Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed our stay in the tekke. For the final part, which will probably go up tomorrow, we will visit the heart of the whole journey: the source of the river Buna and the caves where it emerges from.

27 comments:

  1. those cliffs hanging over the buildings with the trees growing the the cleft in number 3 make it and amazing shot to me... I will never get to see this beautiful place, and i thank you for my trip there. so glad you included that video, i feel like I have visited this awesome place on earth. the goats in the video just made me so full of joy. each photo is a work of art all its own

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  2. What an amazing place to visit! The town, cliffs and river are beautiful. I can only imagine what the caves would be like. Your photos are beautiful and I enjoyed the video. Thanks for sharing your trip!

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  3. All of your shots are amazing. I especially love the first shot and the signs pointing in different directions.

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  4. What a fabulous place to visit! Everything is so beautiful, and the bird's eye view from the air is awesome!!

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  5. Great serie, wonderful place to spend time looking around and eating good food, so I can image through your photo

    Ciao
    Stefano

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  6. I still can't get over how impressive this place is! The location reminds me of something out of a Lord of the Rings movie.

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  7. the cliff walls are just so beautiful. really lovely.

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  8. An incredible place it is indeed, Mersad!! I agree with Brian, made me think of a Lord of the Rings movie, too!! The cliff wall as indeed beautiful! Superb captures as always!! Have a great week!!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sylvia.

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  9. You caught the area from all angles. Lovely and those table tops are gorgeous.

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  10. You've done a super job of sharing this remarkable place.

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  11. I agree with Sandra, the third photo is amazing. That's where I get that feeling of vertigo or the cliff hanging over!

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  12. Wie in einem Märchen, diese Tische auf den Inselchen im Wasser, diese großen runden tablettähnlichen Tische...alles...irgendwie so unwahrscheinlich, daß es Wirklichkeit ist. :-) Liebe Grüße

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  13. Blagaj - prekrasan intermezzo posvećen ljepotama Hercegovine i njenih starina. Bravo!

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  14. WOW, Mersad! This town simply took my breath away. It's so beautiful it looks dreamlike. If I saw this town in a movie, I would have thought to myself it's fake. You are so lucky to be able to be there and soak in its beauty. Thank you for taking me there. I can't wait to see part 3. Christa

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed part three.

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  15. Hi Mersad. That truly is an amazing place and the video is breath takingly beautiful

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  16. You really captured the beauty of this place in these photos. The cliffs are spectacular.

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  17. I really like the third shot. It gives a feel of the immensity of the cliff walls, and the colors are so beautiful.

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  18. Oh yes, I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place.

    Greetings

    Nova

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  19. This is a wonderful place.

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  20. This place is amazing!!! Really fascinating...wow!!!! I love the photos and the video does help you see it all from a birds eye view. Really wonderful two posts...can't wait for the third. It's amazing to think the water comes from the caves.

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