Borač (fortress)

Borač Castle
Old Town Borač
Prača, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Borač Castle on Radinović-Pavlović family blazon
Borač Castle
Coordinates 43°43′56″N 19°01′07″E / 43.732142°N 19.018589°E / 43.732142; 19.018589
Type Castle
Site information
Owner Radinović-Pavlović family
Controlled by Banate of Bosnia, Kingdom of Bosnia, Ottoman Empire
Condition Ruined
(Protected as National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Site history
Built around 1244
Built by Radoslav Pavlović, head of Radinović-Pavlović
In use 1244-1485
Materials Limestone
Demolished 1485
Garrison information

The Borač Castle was a noble court and one of the largest and most important fortified towns of medieval Bosnia, situated on top of rugged slopes high above the Prača river canyon, between Mesići and Brčigovo village, near modern days Rogatica town, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fortified castle was a seat of medieval Bosnian noble family Radinović-Pavlović.[1]

Old and New structure

The family hailed and ruled from Borač. It is the first of two castles in their possession, which family used as a seat. Two castles were built in space of several decades and within few kilometers from each other, the second being Pavlovac, sometimes called New Borač or New Town.


Seal of Radoslav Pavlović, head of Radinović-Pavlović medieval Bosnian noble family, with depiction of their court, Borač castle.

The new castle or New Town or New Borač is actually called Pavlovac, and is considered to be a new structure, also known simply as Novi (English: New) or Novi Grad (English: New Town), situated on top of rugged slopes above the Prača river canyon, near modern days Prača village, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Problem exist in correct dating of its construction, but some medieval charters suggest 1392, or late 14th century, as time of its construction, during Radislav Pavlović at the family's helm.[1][2][3][4]

Old Borač

However, historians are certain that another Radinović-Pavlović castle existed, original and older Borač castle, which was built around 1244 in the 13th century and located just a few kilometers downstream Prača river from New Town.[1][2][3][4]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Borak (Han-stjenički plateau) necropolis with stećak tombstones in the village of Burati, the historic site". Commission to preserve national monuments (in Bosnian). Commission to preserve national monuments. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. 1 2 Marko Vego (1957). Naselja bosanske srednjevjekovne države (in Bosnian). Sarajevo: Svjetlost. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. 1 2 Alija Bejtić (1966). Rogatica, Srednji vijek (in Bosnian). Sarajevo: Svjetlost.
  4. 1 2 Desanka Kovačević-Kojić (1987). Gradska naselja srednjovjekovne Bosanske države (in Bosnian). Sarajevo: Veselin Masleša.

43°43′55.7″N 19°01′06.9″E / 43.732139°N 19.018583°E / 43.732139; 19.018583Coordinates: 43°43′55.7″N 19°01′06.9″E / 43.732139°N 19.018583°E / 43.732139; 19.018583

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