Going around mostar it's easy to meet many buildings ht by the bombings of Yugoslavia war. Most of them are historical buidings and so they cannot be destroyed and rebuilt, but they must be adjusted as they were before.
Fondest memory: The contrast betwen the rebuilt bridge and the others still "hurted" buildings.
All across town (and country) it's easy to see the effort of reconstruction. It's pleasant to notice the evidence of international aid. People is thinking about leaving some destroyed buildings, as a memorial of the war.
One of the big avenues almost 100% destroyed, is the best solution: its crossing is truly smashing.
Close by, a modern cathedral is growing, behind a sign to Sarajevo, a town whose name is also a memorial for all of us, of those terrible days.
Favorite thing: The Balkans provides rich pickings for puerile imaginations like mine, especially in the supermarket. I embarrassed everyone by getting my camera out to snap the pot of frozen Slag cream in Mostar. In England, slag is an offensive term for a loose woman. To make matters worse this pot of slag was sitting in a pile of Bumm cream. In England "bum" is another word for ass. Not the most appealing names!
Favorite thing: Stari most (Old bridge) plays very important role in Mostar. Apparently, the most important. The name of the city "Mostar" relates to the bridge as well. Most means bridge and mostar means a man who takes care of the brigde. So that's it, if you are in Mostar, you must see the bridge!
Favorite thing: When i finally found Stari most, i was so happy. It is just gorgeous view on the bridge and hills behind. I loved the architecture, which is the bridge surrounded by. Locals were truly right to build the bridge again.
Favorite thing: There is a platform by the river Neretva and it has a good angle of Mostar Bridge to take its photo. No signs around it. When you on the top of the bridge you see it. then follow the narrow streets between cafes n parks. then you get there; easy as that and worth to go :)
More than 90 % of the 225 km long Neretva River flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina before it reaches Croatia. The source is situated in the Dinaric Alps.
The river flows through a gorge in the old town of Mostar.
Several bridges, including the famous Old Bridge (Stari Most) link the river banks in the city centre.
Mostar's old town is situated around the Old Bridge.
The most important street of this area is the cobbled Kujundziluk alley on the east bank of the river. It used to be an old bazaar, where the local goldsmiths offered their products.
Nowadays it is dominated by all kinds of souvenir shops, street merchants and tourist cafes. The history of many of these buildings here dates back to the 16th century.
Mostar can be very busy with tourists during the day, as it is a popular daytrip destination from the Croatian coast.
At night it gets much quieter and the old city with its beautifully illuminated buildings is well worth a stroll.
So don't miss to have a look at the Old Bridge (Stari Most), the Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija), the Clock Tower (Sahat Kula) and the several Mosques at night.
Favorite thing: The bridge spans the Neretva river in the old town of Mostar, the city to which it gave the name. The city is the fourth-largest in the country, it is the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation, and the unofficial capital of Herzegovina.
Pocitelje, just 25km down ther river from Mostar, is enchanting. Its location is gorgeous and with its hilltop fort, pointed-roof clock tower, old stone walls, domes and minaret it looks the perfect setting for some Turkish fairytale
During 400 years of Ottoman rule, Pocitelje was an important administrative and strategic military centre and many fine buildings were erected. When the region came under Austro-Hungarian rule it lost its importance, its population fell steeply and it became a sleepy backwater, an event that actually preserved its wonderful mediaeval character. With the return of peace to BiH, the town's unique historical integrity was considered both important and endangered - so much so that, in 1996, it was placed on the World Monument Watchlist of the 100 most endangered cultural heritage sites. Now declared a protected historical site, restoration work over the last decade has seen the medressa, the hammam and one of the grander houses of the town restored and rehabilitated to community use. There are plans now to restore all the ruined houses further up the hill.
The town rises in terraces up from the road - first the bazaar, hammam and inn, then up to the medressa and the public soup kitchen. The mosque with its ancient cypress tree is on the next level and then the private houses climb up the hill to the fortress at the top. It all sits beautifully in the landscape, the twin towers of the clock tower and the minaret providing the accents that draw the eye upwards. As you pass through the town gate and start to climb the perspectives and views change constantly as you look up to the buildings rising above you and down on the wonderful rooftops. It's a photographer's delight. No wonder artists love it!
I would not say this is a "Favourite thing"! But that is a standard headline in general tips, nothing I can do about that :-(
Wherever you go you see ruins from the last war. In ex Jugoslavia people were not concerned who was what, and there were / are many mixed marriages. Families and friends were split by front lines. The main street Marshal Tito was the front line during the war between Croats and Muslims, and some of these pictures are from both sides of this street. A croatian woman I met who lived in the muslim side, was not able to go to her mother`s funeral, she had to be driven across by international forces.
But the riuns or granade and shotgun marked buildings are situated everywhere, since there were several front lines. At times people did not know who was shooting at who. Sadly, but understandably, there is still a lot of hate beetween the citisens of Mostar. But they all tell the same tale: "Everything was better before, we used to live in peace with our neighbours, we had jobs, we lived a good life, we did not need this war."
Building projects are going on, some of them are shown in the TL "Old and new"
Favorite thing: Animals in Bosnia are allowed the run around freely...even in the cities. So if you're in any of the major cities don't freak out if u see some goats or sheep...it's perfectly normal ...we have some by my house in Sarajevo too :)
Favorite thing: I would suggest when you come to Mostar to get around you should walk! It's better that way. The city has alot to offer and if you're driving in a car all the time you'll miss it all. (Some streets you can't drive down though) But that's pretty obvious!
Favorite thing: Though Mostar is geographically located in Herzegovinah, Slavic Muslims would tend to identify themselves as Bosniak thus, bringing them in line with the majority. This identity crisis has also been felt in neighboring Serbia or Montenegro or even in Macedonia where Muslims tend to identify them either as Bosnians or as Serbian / Montenegrin / Macedonian. The Croats essentially identify them as Croatian and Croatian currency is accepted on the other side of the town alternatively.