Popovo field

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Popovo field

Popovo Polje (Serbian Cyrillic: Попово поље, pronounced [pɔ̌pɔʋɔ pɔ̂ʎɛ], meaning priest's field) is a polje (karstic plain) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in a southernmost region of the country, near the Adriatic coast. It's size is 5,9 km².

Popovo Polje is one of the largest polje (karstic plain) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the world, famous for its karstic phenomenons and features, and particularly the Trebišnjica river, which flows through the polje as the largest sinking river (also losing stream, or influent stream) the world, as well as the Vjetrenica cave system, located to the west/south-western parts of the valley.

History[edit]

The Nikolić noble family and Sanković noble family held Popovo polje in the late middle ages. The Vojnović noble family hailed from Popovo polje. The Zavala Monastery was first mentioned in the 16th century. At the end of Ottoman rule in Herzegovina, the Muslibegović family had properties in Popovo polje.

Monuments[edit]

Zavala and Vjetrenica[edit]

Located in Popovo Polje in Ravno municipality, village Zavala with its old architecture and stone masonry, together with Vjetrenica cave, constitute the natural and architectural ensemble which is in the process of being protected as National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is already placed on UNESCO Tentative List.[1][2]

Vjetrenica cave is considered to have richest cave fauna, with highest rate of endemism.[3] Vjetrenica cave also acquired fame throughout the world geological and biological scientific communities, as well as environmental communities around the country and the world for its imperiled and uncertain future, caused by unprofessional management lacking any expertise, and uncertain status at state and especially local level. Despite all setbacks government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, although creepingly slowly, nominated Vjeternica (with village Zavala) to UNESCO Tentative List clearly expressing intention to protect the cave and its biodiversity and eventually inscribe it with UNESCO.[4][5]

The Zavala Monastery.

Demographics[edit]

Some 300 people live in the villages located in the field.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zavala graditeljska cjelina". Commission to preserve national monuments. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pećina Vjetrenica u Zavali". Commission to preserve national monuments. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vjetrenica (official page)". vjetrenica.com/. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vjetrenica Cave (Tentative List)". UNESCO. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vjetrenica (official page)". vjetrenica.com/. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Popovo Polje at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 42°45′00″N 18°12′47″E / 42.75°N 18.213056°E / 42.75; 18.213056