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Begovina (Stolac) is a complex of residences and other buildings constructed in the late Ottoman period (mid-19th century)for Ali Pasha Rizvanbegovic.
With the abolition of the posts of dizdar and kapetan (captain) in 1835, the four Rizvanbegović brothers left the fortress and built themselves new manors in Begovina, surrounding them with a single wall with loopholes for defensive purposes. On the left bank of the Bregava in Begovina is a complex of buildings of residential and commercial nature: three houses, three musafirhanas, and other commercial premises. Between them is a large stableyard with a double entrance door. The buildings are of stone, with hipped roofs clad with stone slabs. All the buildings are joined by a wall. A bridge over the river Bregava links the Begovina complex with its fourth structure on the right bank of the Bregava; this too consists of a house, musafirhana and commercial building. This group later acquired the name Đulhanumina house. The stableyard contains not only stabling, a barn, hayloft and musafirhana, but also a mekteb (primary school). Other than a small area where the horses were shod, the spacious courtyard is cobbled, and leads into the individual courtyards of the three houses, kitchens, woodstores and privies. The waters of the river Bregava is channelled through all the courtyards and capacious pools with fishponds.

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