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Begovina residential complex

The residential complex Begovina in Stolac was built at the northeastern end of the city. It was built as an economic complex, with dwellings and large gardens, completely separated from the structure of the city into a separate entity that does not have the usual functional and morphological relations with other parts of the city. In the urban conception of Begovina, the chimney of the captain's family Rizvanbegović, there is respect for the natural terrain, the need for intimacy of each family, respect for neighboring houses and the desire to form a protected family territory. The size of the complex, its position in space and the preservation of the building make Begovina one of the most beautiful and significant residential complexes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The architectural and residential complex of the Begovina complex consists of four units, which at the same time represent the gradation of space from the public to the intimate, family part. The first, public part of the complex is the access road, the second part is the entrance or front or access yard with four buildings, then a semi-private yard and finally a private courtyard house for family life.

The third and fourth parts of the complex, i.e. the semi-private yard and family houses, are surrounded by a high stone yard wall that extends on three sides of the complex. The border, also the protection of the complex, on the fourth, western side, is the river Bregava. The specialty of the courtyard wall is the way it is processed. Namely, the last row of irregular stone is placed only on the wall structure. In this way, when breaking into the complex through the wall, it was not possible to stand firmly or enter without the noise created by the collapsed stones.

The architectural and residential complex of the Begovina complex develops in the northwest-southeast direction, with a slight shift to the east. The terrain on which the complex was developed is relatively narrow, about 25 m and elongated, about 180 m. The Begovina complex in Stolac consists of five inns and six residential buildings, as well as a number of auxiliary commercial buildings.

Access to the architectural-residential complex is from the south side, along the road upstream along Bregava, which leads from the center of Stolac towards Begovina.

The complex begins with Ćupria in Begovina, which is the youngest of the three larger stone bridges in Stolac. The parish was built at the end of the 18th or the beginning of the 19th century, in the period when the construction of the residential complex of the Rizvanbegović family began, after which the entire area of Stolac was named Begovina. The parish in Begovina primarily enabled the connection of the houses of the Rizvanbegović family, located on both sides of the Bregava. Therefore, its maintenance was taken care of by family members until the Austro-Hungarian occupation.

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