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The Radimlja necropolis is one of the most valuable monuments of the medieval period in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The majority of the stećak tombstones date from the 15th and 16th century, as recorded by the epitaphs referring to members of the Hrabren-Miloradović family, which ruled Mostar, Stolac and Popovo at this ti me, and who are buried in Radimlja. According to information dating from 1967, the necropolis had 133 tombstones. The construction of the Čapljina - Stolac road during the Austro-Hungarian period cut through the necropolis, leaving 11 tombstones to the north and all the reminder to the south of the road. About 20 tombstones were presumably destroyed at this time.

The monuments of this necropolis face north-west/south-east. Sixty-three of them are decorated. The decorations on the tombstones from Radimlja are in bas-relief, using technique of carving or combined.
The finest decoration forms are gabled (ridge-shaped) and tall chest tombstones. Five of the tombstones have epitaphs. The site is at risk from the illegal construction of buildings and garbage dump in the immediate vicinity, and from lack of maintenance.

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