Stecci, and why UNESCO’s inclusion to the World Heritage List is so important

Broken stećak depicted by Hugo Charlemont, 1901.

The Bosnian writer, and philosopher-poet Mak Dizdar once remarked that the secrets of Bosnia are hidden in the words inscribed on the ancient marble of the stecci (medieval tombstones). Dizdar was so fascinated by these ancient objects (some dating as far back as the 12th century) that it inspired much of his writing and creative contributions to BiH’s literary heritage.

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