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Published in the “Official Gazette of BiH”, no. 1/10.

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 9 to 15 September 2008 the Commission adopted a






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

            The National Monument consists of two residential complexes – Hatidža Behmen's residential complex and hajji Salih Behmen's residential complex – located on a site designated as cadastral plot nos. 165, 166, 167 and 168, cadastral municipality Stolac, Stolac Municipality, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The provisions relating to protection 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, 27/02, 6/04 and 51/07) shall apply to the National Monument.




The Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: the Government of the Federation) shall be responsible for providing the legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures necessary for the protection, conservation, restoration and presentation of 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 basic details of the monument and the Decision to proclaim the property a National Monument.




To ensure the ongoing protection of the National Monument, the following protection measures are hereby stipulated, which shall apply to the area defined in Clause 1 para. 2 of this Decision:

-       all works are prohibited other than rehabilitation, conservation and restoration works and works designed for the presentation of the monument;

-       a rehabilitation project shall be drawn up to cover the conservation and restoration of the architectural ensemble and of the various components within the ensemble, and the reconstruction of missing parts in their original shape and size, of the original or the same type of material and using the same techniques wherever possible. All methods and interventions must be identifiable, and may be carried out solely on the basis of approved documentation;

-       to protect the property and ensure the conditions for its rehabilitation, two stages of works are hereby prescribed:

Stage Iemergency protection from further deterioration:

1. a detailed survey of the current condition,

2. conservation of the walls,

3. dismantling fallen parts, and marking and identifying them,

4. repair and structural consolidation of the walls.

Stage II– rehabilitation of the complex:

1. draw up a reconstruction and restoration project based on available photographs and architectural drawings and blueprints of the condition of the properties,

2. as part of the project, resolve all parts for which there is no reliable documentation in such a way as to ensure their interpolation will be identifiable.

-       the original use of the properties shall be retained as far as possible. By way of exception, changes of use for catering, educational or cultural purposes in such a way as shall not be detrimental to the architectural ensemble shall be permitted;

-       all works on the National Monument shall be carried out on the basis of approval from the Federal ministry responsible for regional planning and under the expert supervision of the heritage protection authority of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina;

-       the courtyard and garden shall be landscaped and planted up using indigenous plant species;

-       a programme for the presentation of the National Monument shall be drawn up and implemented;

-       a project to floodlight the National Monument shall be drawn up and implemented;

-       on plots c.p. 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 208, 209, 212 and 213, c.m. Stolac, bordering on the protected site, the construction of new properties and changes to the size and height of existing ones are prohibited; remedial work and the adaptation of existing properties is permitted subject to retaining the existing size in plan and height (all properties on which repair and adaptation works are carried out must respect the building line of neighbouring properties at ground and upper floor levels); the proportions and colour schemes of the properties may not clash with properties of townscape value; the erection of advertising hoardings, posters or signs that could be detrimental to the overall appearance of the architectural ensemble, of the individual properties within it, and the surroundings, is prohibited.




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




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




The Government of the Federation, the Federal Ministry responsible for regional planning, the Federation heritage protection authority, 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)




This Decision shall enter into force on the day following its publication in the Official Gazette of BiH.


This Decision has been adopted by the following members of the Commission: Zeynep Ahunbay, Martin Cherry, Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Dubravko Lovrenović and Ljiljana Ševo.


No 07.1-02-75/07-12

12 September 2008



Chair of the Commission

Ljiljana Ševo














Residential ensemble of Hajji Salih Behmen, old photoResidential ensemble of Hajji Salih Behmen, remains of the houseResidential ensemble of Hajji Salih Behmen, interiorResidential ensemble of Hajji Salih Behmen, interior-detail
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