Bosnia-Herzegovina // Herzegovina //


Closest to Mostar is the village of BLAGAJ, just 12km to the east and accessible by local buses. Once you disembark, carry straight ahead through the town to the Tekija. Huddled into a niche in the cliff face, this wonky wooden building was once the residence of dervishes, and the interior – prayer rooms, washroom and kitchen – are all suitably spartan. The hammam, meanwhile, remains as it was. Right next to it, a never-ending torrent of water gushes out of the cliff, apparently reaching levels of 43,000 litres per second; some of this is skimmed off to make tea and coffee, which you can order at the adjacent terrace, including a chunk of lokum (Turkish delight).

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