Rich cultural and historical heritage, climate and favourable geographical position significantly influenced tourism as a strategic point in the projection of future development of Trebinje. Special attention of numerous tourists, besides the City’s center built in the Mediterranean building style, is drawn to a specific botanical and catering complex, formed out of 1600 years old plane trees. It is a summer garden, unique in the whole area of former Yugoslavia.
There is a military fortress built in the early 18th century, today’s Old Town or Kastel, with its narrow lanes, arches, gates and antique stone buildings, Osman Pasha’s mosque , the Museum of Herzegovina, numerous cafes and boutiques.
Тrebinje is divided in two parts by Trebišnjica river – formerly known as the longest sinking river in Europe. It is a river of unusual beauty and purity. On its right bank in Police, by the Perović Bridge there is a small church by which lies the gravestone of Trebinje’s county prefect Grd. Nobleman Grd lies under the oldest known tombstone in the entire B&H.
Some of the most known medieval monasteries are located in Trebinje and its surroundings .These are: St Paul and Peter’s Monastery in Crnač, Petrovo polje , Monastery Zavala on the periphery of Popovo polje, Tvrdoš Monastery with its seat in The Eparchy of Zahumlje , Herzegovina and the Littoral . Duži Monastery (about 12 km from the city) was once the seat of the Eparchy, and in the 19th century the seat of Luka Vukalović and Mićo Ljubibratić uprising headquarter.
There is a Holy Transfiguration Orthodox church in the city park. In Mostaći, the Church of St. Clement, a significant cultural and historical monument. In the very heart of the city, there is a Catholic Cathedral, built in the early 20th century. At the end of Petrovo polje is Paul’s cave, a meeting place for religious people and a place where, according to oral tradition, St Paul on his way to Rome preached for a while.
On Crkvina hill above Trebinje is Hercegovačka Gračanica, very famous for its beauty and an endowment of Branko Tupanjac, founder and executor of Dučić’s will. By Ducic’s wish, the poet’s remains are buried in this church. In Mrkonjići, in Popovo polje near Trebinje, there is a newly built temple built on the foundations of the birth house of St. Basil of Ostrog and Tvrdoš, a saint and a performer of miracles.
In Police, in Brankovina, there is one of the best-preserved medieval towers in Herzegovina – Branković tower, the tower of Vuk Branković’s grandfather or father.
City river banks are connected by three bridges –two stone bridges and a concrete one. The oldest bridge is Perović (Arslanagić) bridge- a piece of unusual architectural skill and beauty.
On the way to Bileća is Dobrićevo monastery, valuable cultural monument with frescos, which are probably work of the last great Byzantine painter Georgije Mitrofanović, or work of some of his best students.
The tourist offer is rounded off with resorts near the city: Jazina, Ubla, Lastva, Studenac, numerous restaurants with summer gardens, hotels (Platani, Leotar…), motels and other accommodation capacities. An important role in the promotion of Trebinje as a tourist centre has the City’s Tourist organization which, through cooperation with the NGO sector, has implemented a series of projects important for Trebinje’s tourism identity.
They said about Trebinje:
- ЕCOLOGICTS: “Оаsis”.
- DOCTORS : “Sanatorium”,
- АGRONOMISTS : “Мisir”,
- АRCHEOLOGISTS : “Еl dorado” ,
- PHARMACOLOGISTS : “Free pharmacy” ,
- WRITERS : “Poetic Governorate” ,
- ACTORS : “The scene where everybody plays ” ,
- PAINTERS: “Everything is already done, just need to be framed”.
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