Gavran- kapetanova kula :: The Gavran- kapetan tower- (UNESCO heritage), Počitelj, BiH

Gavran- kapetanova kula :: The Gavran- kapetan tower- (UNESCO heritage), Počitelj, BiH

Boris G.
The late 14th century fort of Počitelj consisted of a small tower and bailey. In the 15th century, Hungary’s King Matthias Corvinus, backed by Dubrovnik and herceg ( duke ) Vlatko, further fortified the town and housed a military garrison there. In 1471 Hamzabeg conquered Počitelj. From then until the early 18th century the fort was commanded by a dizdar, and then by a captain, until 1835. During the 16th and 17th centuries Počitelj was of no particular importance for defence. Travelogues dating from that time describe the fort as “a small, low fort with iron gates... it has no fosse... the fort contains the dizdar’s house, a barn, a small tower, a mosque and a water tower.“ In 1693 Venice occuped Gabela, until then the principal Ottoman fortress against Dalmatia; this gave Počitelj strategic importance. The fort was enlarged; the main tower ( the Gavran- kapetan tower ) was extended ; the town was surrounded by ramparts; a hendek ( fosse ) was dug; and two bastions ( towers ) were built. The town was entered through two gatehouses and two small gateways. The fort also had a secret gateway to provide a way out in the event of siege. After the Austro- Hungarian occupation, much of the ramparts were demolished. #Balkan #Bosna_i_Hercegovina #Bosnia_and_Herzegovina #Castle #Europe #Evropa #Federacija_Bosne_i_Hercegovine #Hercegovina #Kula #Neretva #Počitelj #Tower #Tvrđava #Čapljina #Балкан #БиХ #Босна_и_Херцеговина #Европа #Почитељ #Федерација_Босне_и_Херцеговине #Чапљина
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