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Pursuant to Article V para. 4 Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Article 39 para. 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, at a session held from 4 to 8 March 2003 the Commission adopted a






The architectural ensemble of Đulhanumina house in Stolac is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: the National Monument).

            The National Monument consists of a selamluk (a musafirhana-konak [overnight accommodation for visitors], stables, outhouses, sofas and courtyard), a courtyard with a well facing the haremluk, and the haremluk (residential building, outbuildings – mutvak [kitchen] and courtyard, on a site consisting of cadastral plots nos. 12, 13, 14 and 15, as indicated on the plan forming an integral part of this Decision (annex 1.1.), cadastral municipality Stolac, Municipality Stolac, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The provisions relating to protection and rehabilitation measures set forth by the Law on the Implementation of the Decisions of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, established pursuant to Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Official Gazette of the Federation of  BiH nos. 2/02 and 27/02) shall apply to the National Monument.




The Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: the Government of the Federation) shall be duty  bound to ensure and provide the legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures necessary to protect, conserve, display and rehabilitate the National Monument specified in Clause I of this Decision.

The Government of the Federation shall be duty bound to secure the funds for the drafting and execution of the required urban planning documentation at the executive level for the National Monument.

The Commission to Preserve National Monuments (hereinafter: the Commission) shall determine the technical requirements and secure the funds for preparing and setting up signboards with the basic data on the monument and the Decision to proclaim the property a National Monument.




The following measures shall be enforced:

Protection Level 1 covers the area defined in Clause 1 para 2 of this Decision.  In this area the following protection measures shall apply:

  • the original use of the building shall be maintained wherever possible. By way of exception, changes intended for catering or cultural purposes in a manner that shall not be detrimental to the authenticity of the architectural ensemble are permitted;
  • the architectural ensemble shall be conserved and restored, and the elements that are lacking shall be reconstructed in their original form and dimensions, from the same material or the same types of material, with the use of the same technological approaches to the fullest extent possible, and on the basis of the documentation on the original form of the ensemble that constitutes an integral part of this Decision (architectural and technical records and photographic documentation of the condition of the ensemble prior to devastation).  In the rehabilitation project, the methods of reconstruction, restoration, structural renovation and consolidation, and conservation shall be used;
  • adaptation of the buildings to possible new use may be permitted subject to being carried out in such a way that the integrality of the konak, house and courtyard is protected and their architectural characteristics remain unaltered, as shall the outer dimensions and appearance of the stables and mutvak;
  • in order to protect the National Monument and ensure the conditions for its rehabilitation, two stages of works are defined:

Stage I    Urgent works to prevent further deterioration:

  1. detailed survey of the current condition
  2. conservation of the walls,
  3. dismantling, labelling and surveying of fallen parts,
  4. renovation and static consolidation of walls,

Stage II – Rehabilitation of the ensemble as a whole:

  1. on the basis of available photographs and architectural records of the condition of the buildings prior to and since devastation, draw up a design project of reconstruction and restoration,
  2. all parts for which no reliable documentation exists to be resolved within the ambit of the project in a way that will ensure that their interpolation is visible.

  • All works must be approved by the federal ministry responsible for regional planning (hereinafter: the relevant ministry) and carried out under the expert supervision of the heritage protection authority of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: the heritage protection authority);
  • Conversion of the buildings for the purpose of new use is permitted on condition that it is not to the detriment of their original appearance;
  • All infrastructure works that could in any way alter the condition of the building are prohibited unless they are approved by the relevant ministry and in compliance with this Decision;
  • Horticultural works shall be carried out in the courtyard with the use of indigenous plants;
  • The erection of advertising hoardings, placards and signs detrimental to the appearance of the building and its surroundings is prohibited;
  • The concrete electricity pole currently standing immediately outside the original entry gate to the selamluk of the ensemble shall be relocated to a position on the opposite side of the access road, west of its current position.  The relocation shall be the responsibility of the local electricity supply corporation.

Protection  Level 2 covers the area delimited on the plan forming an integral part of this Decision (annex 1.1.). In this area the following protection measures are hereby stipulated:

  • the construction of new buildings or facilities and alterations to the dimensions and height of existing ones are prohibited;
  • the interior conversion of existing buildings is permitted for the purpose of adapting them to modern living and working standards;
  • the dumping of all types of waste is prohibited;
  • infrastructure works are prohibited unless with the prior approval of the relevant ministry.



            All executive and area development planning acts not in accordance with the provisions of this Decision are to be revoked.




Everyone, and in particular the competent authorities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Canton, and urban and municipal services, shall refrain from any action that might damage the National Monument or jeopardize the protection and rehabilitation thereof.




            The Government of the Federation, the relevant ministry, the heritage protection authority of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Municipal Authorities in charge of urban planning and land registry affairs, shall be notified of this Decision in order to carry out the measures stipulated in Articles II to V of this Decision, and the Authorized Municipal Court shall be notified for the purposes of registration in the Land Register.




The elucidation and accompanying documentation form an integral part of this Decision, which may be viewed by interested parties on the premises or by accessing the website of the Commission (http://www.aneks8komisija.com.ba).




Pursuant to Art. V para 4 Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, decisions of the Commission are final.




This Decision shall enter into force on the date of its adoption and shall be published in the Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


            This Decision has been adopted by the following members of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments: Zeynep Ahunbay, Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Dubravko Lovrenović,  Ljiljana Ševo and Tina Wik.


No.: 08.1-6-912/03

4 March 2003


Chairman of the Commission

Dubravko Lovrenović


E l u c i d a t i o n




Pursuant to Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Law on the Implementation of the Decisions of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, established pursuant to Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a “National Monument” is an item of public property proclaimed by the Commission to be a National Monument pursuant to Articles V and VI of Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and property entered on the Provisional List of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Official Gazette of  BiH no. 33/02) until the Commission reaches a final decision on its status, as to which there is no time limit and regardless of whether a petition for the property in question has been submitted or not.

            At a session held on 1-2 July 1999 the Commission to Preserve National Monuments issued a Decision to add the remains of the Đulhanumina House in Stolac to the Provisional List of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, numbered as 583, and proceeded to carry out the procedure for reaching a final decision to designate the Property as a National Monument, pursuant to Article V of Annex 8 and Article 35 of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments.




In the procedure preceding the adoption of a final decision to proclaim the property a national monument, the following documentation was inspected:

  • Documentation on the location and current owner and user of the property (copy of cadastral plan and copy of land registry entry)
  • Details of legal status of the property to date as regards protection,
  • Data on the current condition and use of the property, including a description and photographs, details of war damage, data on restoration or other works on the property if any, etc.
  • Historical, architectural and other documentary material on the property, as set out in the bibliography forming part of this Decision.

The findings based on the review of the above documentation and the condition of the property are as follows:


1. Information on the property


            Đulhanumina house is on the right bank of the Bregava opposite the Begovina ensemble in Stolac.  Đulhanumina house (Mustajbegov konak [hostel]) is connected with the Begovina by the Rizvanbegović bridge.

            The National Monument consists of a selamluk (a musafirhana-konak [overnight accommodation for visitors], stables, outhouses, sofas and courtyard), a courtyard with a well facing the haremluk, and the haremluk (residential building, outbuildings – mutvak [kitchen] and courtyard, on a site consisting of cadastral plots nos. 12, 13, 14 and 15, cadastral municipality Stolac, Municipality Stolac.

Historical data

The architectural ensemble of Đulhanumina house was built in 1835 and is one of the most important examples of Ottoman residential architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Hadžimuhamedović, 1997, p. 67)

The Sarić and Rizvanbegović families are among the oldest and most distinguished Muslim families of Stolac and its surroundings.  The Sarić's were the leading family of Stolac in the first half of the eighteenth century and the Rizvanbegović's in the second half of that century (Kapidžić, 1997, p. 63).

The building remained in use as a konak or place for overnight lodgings until the Austro-Hungarian annexation of 1878 and from time to time, around Bajram (Eid) untl 1919 (Hasandedić, 1997, pp. 107-108)


2. Description of the monument

Given its date of origin and the complexity of the architectural ensemble of the Đulhanumina house, it may be described as one of the most extensive residential ensembles in Stolac. The entire selamluk section is of semi-public nature. The musafirhana or, as it is known locally, the konak (hostel, overnight accommodation), is of major importance in the structure of the complex, so that it is no surprise that the entire ensemble is named the Đulhanumina konak after it, since the local people see the house within the haremluk as of secondary importance.

Part of the architectural ensemble of the Đulhanumina house is a very extensive selamluk, with musafirhana, stables and bothy (bachelor's quarters) in the south-western part of the complex, a central courtyard linking the selamluk and the haremluk, and the remainder of the selamluk in the eastern part of the complex, with service quarters, a well and a separate courtyard.  The haremluk includes not only the main residential building but also a mutvak (kitchen – a ground-floor building with gabled roof and two rooms) and a privy.

The haremluk and selamlluk are further separated by a central courtyard with a well, further accentuating the semi-public nature of the selamluk.

The Đulhanumina house ensemble is surrounded by courtyard walls some 4 m high and can be approached from the south-west through the courtyard gates.  The two-wing gates are composed of a load-bearing frame built into the wall, a load-bearing doorframe with four horizontal crossbars hinged to the frame, and wooden infill boards set vertically and attached to the crossbars with wrought-iron nails. The large heads of the nails form a close-packed row on the outer side of the entrance gates, giving them a decorative as well as a functional purpose. There is a wooden porch over the gates with a few rows of stone slabs. The eaves abut onto five brackets which in turn abut onto the wooden beam above the doorframe.  Since the doors have been damaged since the devastation of the ensemble, one may hypothesize, by analogy with similar elements typical of the Herzegovina region (Mostar), that on the inner edge of the movable wing, without a lock, there was a carved wooden vertical bar emphasizing the centre of the gate. A trace of the metal ring that served as a door-knocker can be seen on the outside of the door, in the lower right-hand corner of the first complete boarded section. The doors were kept closed with a crossbar with a catch. (Pašić, 1989., p. 88).

The interior of the main residential building was richly embellished with wood carvings. A carved wooden inscription on the musander (built-in cupboard) in the corner on the upper floor states that the konak was built in 1273 AH (1856 CE) (Hasandedić, 1997, p. 107)

The building has three storeys, which is rare in residential architecture of the Ottoman period. It belong to the central type of house with the hajat (main corridor) in the centre. It has a symmetrical ground plan of room-corridor-room which is reflected in the symmetry of the facade. The upper floors are arranged in the same way as the ground floor. Salih Behmen's house in the Behmenluk in Stolac and the Muslibegovića house in Mostar belong to the same type.

The exterior dimensions of the building are approx. 15.0 x 12.0 m. The building was entered through three stone steps compensating for the difference in level between the ground floor and the courtyard, some 0.80 m. The ground floor had the mutvak or kitchen to the left of the entrance, the halvat (main room) to the right of the entrance, and the hajat with a privy. The halvat had a musandera or built-in cupboard with a hamamdžik (bathroom). A single flight of steps alongside the lateral (south-west) wall of the hajat led from the hajat to the tavan (the upper floor corridor). A pillar and pad in the open forepart of the hajat supported a beam on which rested the smaller beams holding up the floor of the tavan. The tavans on both floors had a raised jazluk where the summer days were spent. The jazluk on the first floor was enclosed by a čatma or wooden wall with a row of windows. In the larger chamber to the left was a musandera with hamamdžik and odžak (fireplace), while the space to the right hand side was divided into two smaller rooms. The building's second floor is composed of two larger rooms on either side of the tavan.  Both these rooms had musanderas with a hamamdžik and odžak. The jazluk on the second floor is extended by a doksat or oriel window with a row of windows with pointed arches, looking onto the courtyard.  The second-floor tavan had a mihram. The room on the left is also extended by an oriel window, which projects some 0.8 m beyond the wall of the building. Both oriel windows have six windows, four on the front facade and two on each side. All end in pointed arches. On the front, south-west facade of the building a čatma is visible on the second floor with a series of larger and more numerous windows finished with pointed arches.

The windows are arrayed symmetrically along the facade.  All the windows were rectangular other than those on the oriel windows and the right-hand wing of the second floor. These windows had semicupolas above the opening, worked in stone and finished with plaster moulding. On the first floor, on the right-hand wing of the building, is yet another rectangular window, smaller than the adjacent windows. Since this windows is out of harmony with the rest of the building as regards the rhythm of windows on the facade, size and distance from the adjacent windows, it is to be assumed that it is a later addition, although no evidence of this has been found in the available literature. All the windows were fitted with demire – wrought iron bars.

The room facing south-west on the first floor, by the north-west wall, contains a bathroom heated by a built-in stove with pottery «cups» set into the outer walls of the stove. Judging from the traces visible on the wall, the bathroom was vaulted. In addition to this bathreoom, each room had its own hamamdžik (washroom forming part of the musandera, the built-in cupboard).

Almost in the central axis of the north-west wall of the hajat was a niche with a pointed arch, originally used to house a ewer with water and washing facilities.  To the west of the niche was the door to the privy with a laundry room, which projected outwards from the rectangular body of the building. The privy was stone barrel-vaulted. Positioning the sanitary facilities in this way, so that they could be reached from the building (the hajat), is atypical of the earlier period of residential architecture in Stolac and Herzegovina, and could feature only in a luxury house of the 19th century (a similar feature can be found in some buildings in other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for instance the Kršlak house in Jajce). Prior to this, the only sanitary facilities that could be located within the house were those that were regarded as clean (bathrooms and abdestluk – premises for ritual ablutions before prayer) and those used for laundry.  Privies were always separate from the residential building, and located in the courtyard.

Musanderas are built-in furniture placed along the entrance wall of a room, opposite the windows, and incorporating the door leading into the room. Given that we have no data on the appearance of the musanderas in this building, a description of their structure and appearance may be reached by analogy with the form and structure of musanders in houses of the same type and period in Herzegovina. The musandera consisted of an entrance area with doors either side and an arch, and shelves; next to the entrance area there was usually a dolaf (cupboard) with a single door, where small items were kept; next to the dolaf was the dušekluk, where bedclothes were kept, and next to this, in the corner, the hamamdžik (washroom). Adjoining the washroom was the stove that heated the room (Pašić, 1989, p. 118).  In all the rooms the musanderas were on the north-west wall, while the stone fireplaces were on the south-east wall in the rooms to the left of the hajat, and in the north-east wall in the rooms to the right.  The fireplaces had chimneys made of square-cut stone, with an opening on each side and ending in a horizontal slab on which was a tapering stone.  As well as their functional purpose the chimneys had an important aesthetic value for the overall exterior appearance of the building.

Stone was used solely as a structural element. The walls are of cut stone jointed with lime mortar, and are some 60 cm thick. The facade and the interior walls were plastered and whitewashed.  Dressed stone was used for the angles of the building, the window frames and the door frames.

            Wood was used:

  • As a structural element, in the roof structure, between the floors and ceilings, in the framework of the doksats, hajats and tavans, as timbering to reinforce the walls, and to build the staircases;
  • For carpentry work;
  • In the interior, for the musanderas, wall panelling, ceilings, chests and so on;
  • The ceiling of the hajat is in the form known as šiša, with spider's web motifs. The central part of the šiša, the ortakluk, is composed of three parts. It is sixteen-sided, and edged with wooden mouldings.  The first, central part is formed of a single piece of wood, almost circular in shape, from which sixteen rays extent towards the angles of the outside rim. The next zone is composed of two rows of small trapezoidal pieces of wood arranged concentrically and made of various types of wood, with carving.   Each row has sixteen of these pieces. This form appears again in the third zone, where the pieces are somewhat larger. The zones are separated by small moulded wooden beams forming a sixteen-sided shape. From the outer zone or rim of the ortakluk, slightly larger moulded beams radiate out, forming a trapezoidal, sixteen-sided «slice» with wooden infill known as šašavac laid perpendicularly to the extension beams.  These take part of the stress of the beam, which makes it possible to use interfloor beams of smaller cross-section.  The šašavci are wedged into a groove in the ceiling beams and packed tight one against another, so as to form a clearly visible arc (the exterior, thicker side). The entire ceiling looks like the projection of a cupola formed of bands and slices on the horizontal plane.
  • The ceiling of the second-floor tavan is in the form of a šiša with fishbone motif. A tripartite ortakluk is applied to the central part of the ceiling, forming a sixteen-sided object edged with small wooden beams in the form of a rope, with a garland of halfrings in the form of stalactites on the lower side. The first, central part is made of a single piece of wood with carved floral motifs, almost circular in shape, from which sixteen rays extend out to the angles of the outer zone. The second zone is composed of two rows of trapezoidal piece of wood arranged concentrically and with carved floral motifs. Each row has sixteen such pieces. This form recurs in the third zone, which is composed of three rows of trapezoid pieces of wood of somewhat larger dimensions, also carved with floral motifs.  The zones are separated by small wooden mouldings forming a sixteen-sided shape, also embellished with a garland of stalactites with the same motif as on the outer zone. The šašavci are arranged in rows with an angle of 30o in zigzag form so as to create a fishbone pattern. The moulded «arcs» are particularly prominent and emphasize still further the zigzag structure. The šašavci are packed one against the other without confining beams, so as to form a compact ceiling.

            The building has a quadrangular, shallow-pitched roof and prominent roof trusses above the doksats. The simple load-bearing structure of the roof is made of wood and is the standard formula of post and beams, rafters and sub-rafters. The structure is overlaid with limestone slabs jointed with lime mortar. The other buildings are single-storey buildings with simple ridged roofs with a wooden structure and stone slab overlay.

            The konak (musafirhana) belongs in ground plan to the same typological series as the Đulhanumina house – a central structure with open hajat, above which is a wing and two side rooms adjoining the hayat and a wing to the south-east and north-east. All four rooms are fitted to a high standard, with an odžak (hearth), musandera, hamamdžik, dolafs and very well proportioned windows with semi-domed lintels, the traces of which can be seen on the structure of the surviving walls, providing a clear indication of the original layout of the rooms.  The courtyard is sloping, with the south-eastern part lower than the north-western. Paving of regular-cut stone can be seen outside the hajat, with the same again in the hajat itself, approx. 14 cm thick, reached via three steps from the south-east. The nature of this paving suggests that the wing projected outwards over the hajat, forming a doksat (oriel). That there was originally a doksat here is evident from the sockets of the slanting supporting projecting beams that can be seen in the stone blocks at the entrance to the hajat. There is a staircase against north-west wall of the hajat, consisting of a first flight of three steps and a masonry landing of quarry stone, from which the staircase continues in the form of wooden steps set against the wall of the north-western halvat, and closed off by a horizontal door (shutter).  The north-west wall of the hajat, facing the other part of the selamluk with the bachelor's quarters and mutvak, contains a single wooden door linking the konak with the other parts of the ensemble, and a long niche with a pointed arch. The ceiling joists were composed of cut timber transverse beams which were left wholly exposed. The north-west halvat had a musandera on the north-east wall, an odžak and a dolaf in theh north-west wall (later walled up), two windows with pointed domed lintgels in the south-west wall, and a dolaf in the south-east wall. The entrance from the hajat was through a single solid wood door. The chamber above it had a musandera with a hamamdžik on the same wall as the halvat, but the odžak was in the south-west wall between windows of the same shape as those of the ground floor.  All the windows of the konak were fitted with iron bars. The south-east halvat had a musandera with a spacious hamamdžik on the north-east wall and four windows – two each to the south-west and south-east. The odžak was located at the centre of the south-west wall. The ceiling joists consisted of exposed transverse wooden beams, with no sign of šiše (ceiling laths) and šašavci (slats).  The wing was spacious. The north-west wall had an abdestluk, a niche for a ewer and a niche for a lamp, plus a shaft affording visual contact with the other part of the selamluk and the well. The base of the abdestluk was of miljevina stone with a moulded finish. The largest and most luxuriously appointed room was the upper south-east room or ćošak. The musandera was on the north-west wall. There were dolafs in the south-east wall.  Traces of shelves are visible on all the surviving walls. The south-west wall has two windows; the odžak is in the south corner of the surviving wall. This position for the hearth, together with the two substantial tiebeams in the south-eastern parts of the surviving longitudinal walls, suggest that this chamber had a doksat to the south-east, looking onto the Bregava and the gardens alongside it. This should be the subject of further archival and architectural research before an outline treatment is drawn up. This claim could be reinforced by traces of concrete in the final courses of the wall of this room, indicating that repairs were carried out. Since the overhang of the ćošak was composed with the čatma of the walls, it is not difficult to imagine that it was apt to deteriorate as a result of lack of maintenance. The finely dressed quoins of pale bedrock on both south-east antas are carved with cosmological motifs (sun, rosettes, moon). Pieces of the hearth found on the site indicate that the overmantel of the hearth was of cut miljevina stone with rosette motifs, a stalactite frieze and so on. The ceiling in this room was of beech šašavci; judging from the position of a few that have survived by the door, it could have been composed of several panels with the slats set at different angles. It is possible to identify an analogy with the ceiling in the Đulhanumina house, on which documentation survives. The roof structure was of timber, and the roof was clad with stone slabs.

            The stables are located in the north-west part of the ensemble. Two chronological strata can be identified – the one nearer to the konak being the older, which had bachelor's quarters on the upper floor, and another slightly newer part, continuing into an araluk (passageway) with privy, which was demolished when the road was laid and the present-day access to the konak in the south-west wall was pierced. The stable is cobbled in the same way as the courtyard, and had a triple-paned roof with stone slabs. Among the documentation of the pre-war condition is a surviving photograph dating from the first half of the 20th century, on which the treatment of the roof of the house and the stables with bachelor's quarters, and the position of the courtyard gates in the west wall almost in the south corner of the ensemble right beside the present-day Stolac-Berkovići road, can be made out.  The entrance gate was later walled up, but it is still possible to identify its position, given the visible structure of the wall. The original position of the entrance gate suggests that the construction of the raised platform of sofas in the south corner of the ensemble dated from after the entrance gate was walled up and was not an original feature of the ensemble. A masonry structure of some kind can be made out under the piles of stone, as a result of which that part of the courtyard and the south-east courtyard walls should be studied in greater detail during works to protect the ensemble from further deterioration.

            The courtyard of the selamluk – musafirhana is spacious, and is cobbled with large pebbles; the cobbling has survived intact in the north-west half of the courtyard. The south-east part has been levelled and shows no signs of cobbles. Presumably the cobbles were removed when the Stolac utilities corporation had the use of that part of the architectural ensemble of the Đulhanumina house, and a tank for slaking lime was dug out and concreted in the centre of the courtyard.

            Given that before the war the Đulhanumina konak was used as housing for the socially vulnerable, numerous interventions had already been carried out to the detriment of the original, mainly the woodwork (the doksat in the wing was replaced by a concrete screen, the floor of the north-west halvat was concreted as was a square-section concrete trough, some of the windows were walled up, some of the hearths were pulled down and walled up, and so on. The araluk and privy were demolished, and parts of the stable walls were concreted.  The mangers in the stables were concreted. The door from the hajat to the haremluk was walled up. The stone slab roof cladding was replaced by double-interlocking tiles.

            The architectural ensemble of Đulhanumina house was set on fire and demolished in mid July 1993 (Hadžimuhamedović, 1997, p. 67).


3. Legal status to date

At a session held on 1 and 2 July 1999 the Commission to Preserve National Monuments adopted a decision to add the Remains of the Đulhanumina House in Stolac to the Provisional List of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina under serial no. 583.


4. Research and works of conservation and restoration

No data is available.


5. Current condition of the property

  • Only the exterior walls to the lower level of the roof structure have been preserved
  • The entrance gate to the ensemble has been preserved but is damaged; the right wing lacks its load-bearing frame and has been wrenched out of position, and the central parts of the opening mechanism and the door knocker are missing
  • No works of protection, conservation or renovation of the building have been undertaken since its was demolished, which has resulted in rapid deterioration of the entire ensemble
  • The site is exposed to specific risks (traffic, pollution, weathering)



Applying the Criteria for the adoption of a decision on proclaiming an item of property a national monument (Official Gazette of BiH nos. 33/02 and 15/03), the Commission has enacted the Decision cited above.

The Decision was based on the following criteria:

A.  Time frame

B.  Historical value

C.  Artistic and aesthetic value

C.III. Proportions

C.IV. Composition

C. V. Value of details

D. Legibility

D. IV. Evidence of a particular type, style or regional manner

D. V. Evidence of a typical way of life at a specific period

E. Symbolic value

E III Traditional value

F. Landscape value

F.I.  Relation to other elements of the site

F. II. Significance for the structure and image of the town

F.III  The building or group of buildings is part of a whole or region

G. Originality

G. I. Form and design

G. II. Material and content

G. IV. Tradition and technique

G. V. Position and location

G.VI.  Other interior or exterior factors

H. Uniqueness and representativity

H.I. Unique or rare example of a certain type or style

H.II. Outstanding artistic or architectural work

I. Completeness

I. I. Physical integrity (compactness)

I. II. Homogeneity

I. III. Completeness


            The following photographs and drawings form an integral part of this Decision:

-    drawings

-    photographs




1937.  Karanović Milan, Duborezna soba u jednoj hercegovačkoj kuli (A carved room in a Herzegovina tower) Journal of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina XLIX, Vol I, Sarajevo, 1937, 93-103.


1989.  Pašić Amir, Prilog proučavanja islamskog stambenog graditeljstva u Jugoslaviji na primjeru Mostara, koliko je stara stambena arhitektura Mostara autohtona pojava, (Contribution to the study of Islamic residential architecture in Yugoslavia, the example of Mostar, to what extent is the residential architecture of Mostar an indigenous phenomenon) doctoral dissertation, Zagreb, 1989.


1997.  Hadžimuhamedović Amra, Mogući pristupi obnovi historijskih gradskih područja u Bosni i Hercegovini s posebnim osvrtom na Stolac, (Possible approaches to the renoval of historic urban areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina with particular reference to Stolac) Heritage and Identity, Sarajevo, 1997.


1997.   Kapidžić Hamdija, Stolac u XVIII vijeku, (Stolac in the 18th Century) Slovo Gorčina '79, Slovo Gorčina, Mostar, 1997.


1997.  Hasandedić Hivzija, Zadužbine Ali-paše Rizvanbegovića u Stocu, (Endowment of Ali Pasha Rizvanbegović in Stolac) Slovo Gorčina 1996, Slovo Gorčina, Mostar, 1997.


1997.  Neidhart Juraj, Smjena kultura, (Culture shifts) Slovo Gorčina '73, Slovo Gorčina, Mostar, 1997.


1997.   Čelić Džemal, Trajanje u drvetu i kamenu, (Duration in wood and stone) Slovo Gorčina '82, Slovo Gorčina, Mostar, 1997


1998.  Mujezinović Mehmed, Islamska epigrafika Bosne i Hercegovine, (Islamic epigraphics of Bosnia and Herzegovina) bk III, Sarajevo – Publishing, Sarajevo, 1998


1999.  Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Begovina-Stolac, Publikacija, Sarajevo, 1999, 21-22.


2000.   Ayverdi Dr. Ekrem Hakki, Avrupa'da Osmanli Mimari Eserlera Yugoslavya II, 3. kitab, Istanbul, 2000


2001.  Mønnesland Svein, Vipotnik Matjaž, 1001 dan – Bosna i Hercegovina slikom i rječju kroz stoljeća, (1001 Days – Bosnia and Herzegovina in words and pictures through the centuries) Sypress Forlag 2001, Oslo – Norway, 2001.



Đulhanumina house, before destructionThe main building of the Đulhanumina house, after destructionComplex of the Đulhanumina house after destructionĐulhanumina house - Gate, entrance to the complex
Ceiling , <i>šiša</i>, of the main <i>cose</i> of the Đulhanumina house - detail, before destruction in 1993The main <i>cose</i>of the Đulhanumina house, ceilingComplex of <i>konak</i> building after destructionEntrance part of the main building of the Đulhanumina house, after destruction

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