Fun things to do in Mostar

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    Clock Tower

    by HORSCHECK Updated Aug 23, 2013

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    The construction of the 15 m high Clock Tower (Sahat Kula) in the early 17th century was financed by the prosperous citizen Fatima Šariæ. Since 1838 it was home to a bell weighing 250 kg which could be heard far outside the town.

    The Clock Tower was seriously damaged during the war, but reconstructed in 1999.

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    The Clock Tower can be found opposite to the Herzegovina Museum in the east part of Mostar's old town.

    Address: Clock Tower, Bajatova b.b., Mostar

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    Kravice Falls: Nice for Nature Lovers

    by gilabrand Updated Aug 21, 2013

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    In June, we drove to Kravice Falls from Dubrovnik (passing through 3 checkpoints). This is not a trip for anyone who suffers from the heat or has trouble with walking and climbing steps. You reach the falls after driving for a long time down a mostly deserted road (wondering whether you are going the right way). When you finally get there, you will have about 100 steps to walk down (and then up again) from the parking lot - and that does not include a steep descent to the falls themselves.

    There was no public transportation that we could discern - and no toilets anywhere, although we did see a snack bar. It was boiling hot. Admission is free.

    We saw some people splashing around in the falls, which are quite spectacular, surrounded by lush greenery, but we plopped ourselves down under some bushes before getting to the bottom, in a place with a good view of the falls, and had a little picnic (bring something to sit on if you do this - it is rocky and muddy).

    The way down was crowded with tourists and workers rolling wheelbarrows up and down the mountain.

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    Gymnazija (Grammar School)

    by Airpunk Written Aug 7, 2013

    Though the school moved into the building in 1898 already, it was only completed in 1902. The building has some Austrian art nouvaeu features but is rather marked by neo-moorish elements. Its style, colour and size stand out between all the other buildings in the city. The building is the masterpiece at Spanish Square (Spanski Trg) which was redesigned for this building. The building didn't suffer as much from the war as some neighbouring buildings – and due to its nature and background was one of the frist to be reconstrcuted.
    Since its opening it has been a school for the elite. There is are two separate curriculums offered – a Bosnian and a Croat one. Obviously, the separations caused through the war have left its scars.

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    Ruins and former front line

    by Airpunk Written Aug 7, 2013

    18 years after the end of the war, there are still many war ruins in Mostar. These are bombed and burned out buildings which still haven't been reconstructed. There are some famous buildings which are still waiting to be rebuilt (or torn down), like the New Serbian Orthodox Church or the one with the bogomil tomb motifs on the Muslim side – you will see war ruins all over the city. The highest concentration of them can be found at the former front line which ran along Bulevar and Kolodvorska strets. If you are interested in those buildings, do not forget to have a look at the former Neretva Hotel next to the Mostarskog Bataljone bridge and the parking deck close to Kralja Zvonimira and the park.

    P.S.: Don't even think of exploring such a building from inside on your own. There may be parts falling down and even some dangerous remains from the bombings and shootings.

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    Catholic Church

    by Airpunk Written Aug 7, 2013

    Mostar's Catholic church (St. Peter & Paul) was built in 1866 in neoromanesque style. In 1992, during the Balkan Wars, it was destroyed - but when it was reconstructed, it was also enlarged and appears a little out of size. The belltower was also extended after the war (finished in 2000) to its present size in a time when ethnic and nationalistic tones were very present. It was build to outsize the minarets of the mosques on the other side of the Neretva.

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    New Orthodox Church (Cathedral)

    by Airpunk Written Aug 7, 2013

    The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, better known as New Orthodox Church, was once a splendid church building, known beyond the city. It was finished in 1873 in a neo-byzantine style. It has a typicial cruciform ground shape and a high belltower.Like many other buildings, it was destroyed in the Balkan Wars of the early 1990s. As a symbol of the serbs, it was even blown up later on. Its reconstruction was often postponed, in 2013 I saw that at least something is happening. Thanks to Holger (Horscheck) we were able to see the progresses by comparing what I saw to pictures from 2008. As of 2013, the area is fenced off so that there are few good photo opportunities trough the fence. And the ruins only give you an idea of the former glory. Still, I think it is worth to climb up.

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    Grammar School

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    This beautiful building was surrounded by burnt out buildings. It is a grammar school in pseudo-Moorish style and dates from 1898. It was built by Franz Blasek. It is located at the junction of Bulevar and Kralja Zvonimira. From here we continued down Mostarskog Bataljona to the Bristol Hotel and a bridge with good views.

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    The Old Orthodox Church.

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 7, 2013

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    This was hard to find and when we eventually found it it was closed. We headed up the hill past the old clock tower, passed under a motorway and then should have climbed some stairs behind a fence next to some bombed out buildings. The church is behind the bombed buildings. We only found it because we could see it from the cemetery I just wrote about. The church dates from 1833 and is supposed to contain wonderful icons.

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    Hilltop Cemetery.

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 7, 2013

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    We were looking for the Old Orthodox Church and went the wrong way and ended up in this stunning Christian cemetery with spectacular views over Mostar. The cemetery was well-kept, colourful and very peaceful.

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    Park

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 7, 2013

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    Back near the cultural centre there was a pleasant park located between Nikole Subica Srinjskog and Kralja Tvrtka. This was not marked on our map as a sight but it was pleasant for a stroll or a seat. Then right in the middle of it we found a statue of Bruce Lee. We were pleasantly surprised by this since we live in Hong Kong and used to live next door to an actress who was his former girlfriend. The other thing we liked about the park was near one exit it had been very creatively graffitted and this continued in a bombed out building just across the street.

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    The Bishop's Residence and Catholic Cathedral.

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 7, 2013

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    The Bishop's Residence was on our map as a sight, so we went to have a look. It was quite a nice building but more interesting was the futuristic looking Catholic Cathedral across the road from it which was not even marked on our map. The Bishop's Residence dates from 1906. These are located on Biskupa Cule.

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    Franciscan Monastery

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    We were on a mission to see all the sights marked on our map and this was one of them. It had such a tall tower we could never fit it in in a shot unless we were really far from it. It was peaceful inside and I loved their dress code sign on the door. Please tell me no-one would consider going to church like that. The Franciscan Monastery is also known as the Catholic Church. You can see its steeple all over town.

    The Franciscan Monastery is located on Franjevacka near Bulevar.

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    Bogomil Tomb Building

    by Airpunk Written Aug 2, 2013

    On the way between the train/bus terminal and the old town, you'll come along a modern ruin. This building looks to be a former museum but unfortunately I never found out what this building was built for. From outside, the building looks pretty much intact, only signs of time and the usual missing concrete slab from a typical 1980s communist block building are visible. However, it is hard to judge how much the inner parts of the building and the roof have been damaged.
    What makes this building so interesting however is the relief which goes around the building. It is inspired by Bogomil tombstones from which there are several hundred in the Mostar area. Eastern European communist concrete meets 14th century Bogomil – probably one of the most unsual style mixes I have ever seen.

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    Blagaj Tekija, Mostar, BAH

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 13, 2013

    "Blagaj" is a village in Herzegovina, in the southern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7 km south of Mostar.

    Tekija on Buna in Blagaj is an important monument of the early Ottoman period in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is the place where dervishes performed special rituals and perform it today "zikir" (praise God).

    It was established shortly after the fall of Herzegovina under the Turkish rule in 1446 and no later than about 1520.Tekija in Blagaj belonged to various dervish orders, first bektašijama, then Khalwatiyyah and kaderijama. Bektašije at that time could be compared with the Knights Templar, who were not only soldiers but also monks.

    Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of this great place ... :
    Blagaj Travelogue

    Tekija is located next to spring of river Buna. This spring is the strongest karst spring in Europe, with an average water flow of 43,000 gallons per second. His internal gallery, the depth and length of the underground chambers, ranks among the five most interesting in Europe.

    It is incredible to see how the water comes out of 200m cliff wall to form the Buna River which later combines to Neretva River. Recordings were made of the swirling blue-green waters emerging from the cave. A must see place which is 20 minutes away from Mostar.

    As I've visited this place was time period of winter and freezing cold and kindda snowy but still amazing view and atmosphere, strongly advised to give a try to visit on your next Mostar trip .. :)

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    Destroyed Buildings, Front Line, Mostar, BAH

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 12, 2013

    Since the end of the wider war in 1995, great progress is being made in the reconstruction of the city of Mostar. The city was under direct monitoring from a European Union envoy, several elections were held and each nation was accommodated with regard to political control over the city. Over 15 million dollars has been spent on restoration.

    Still you can see at the former front line area that how terrible the times were that all the buildings were ruined and collapsed with bullets, shells, grenades and so on ...

    You can see more photos accordingly on my "Travelogue" ... :
    Travelogue

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