Stecak is the famous old Bosnian tombstone with different artistic motives and writings on it used from 14-th century. First time the stecak has been mentioned was 1530 in some writings of Benedikt Kupresic.
There is around 2988 registered necropolis in the Jugoslavian region with 66663 tombstones called "stecak".
Bosnian old tombstone
Most of it is in Bosnia and Herzegovina that has 58547 tombstones on 2016 locations. Nevesinje region has most of it with 3884 tombstones and here is some other locations like Konjic with 3018, Livno with 2494, Trebinje with 2406, Rogatica with 2628 and Stolac with 2319 stecak.
One of the most important stecak's is found near Kakanj and presented in Zemaljski museum in Sarajevo. It's name is Zgoscanski stecak and can be seen in this album partly covered with snow.
Sign of the Bosnian art and culture
Stecak was a tombstone for members of Bosnian church that has some rituals completely different from other churches. For that reason members of Bosnian church was targeted from catholic pope and many of them accepted Islam after the Turks arrived in this region. Stecak was symbol of death - but in the same time old Bosnian people expressed their art and culture through the stecak. With different symbols, shapes and writings stecak is one of the most prominent signs of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Middle ages. On that stones Bosnian is portrayed while standing holding his head high with hand widely open to show that he has no evil intentions.
In this photo album we present you one of the largest necropolis of stecak in Radimlja near Stolac.