Old Bridge - Stari Most, Mostar

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    BOSNIAN BEAUTY!

    by MelinaHamza Written Jun 25, 2015

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    Been there and go over and over again very often. It is just magical historic place. I would recommend to everyone to go and visit. It can be a few days vacation, or just daily visit, or even little road stop if you are passing by Mostar. It will make you fall in love with this city. As an Bosnian living in the States, I hope that Bosnian tourism will gets better and people will finally realize how beautiful and historical Bosnia is.

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    Stari Most The jewel in the crown

    by jonathanbarker Written Nov 12, 2014

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    I first visited Mostar in May 2011, and I want to return when I came back to Bosnia & Herzegovina in October 2014. The Old Bridge is the main attraction, as it is so beautiful. The original stone bridge was designed by architect Mimar Hayruddin, who was an apprentice of the Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan & was completed in 1566. The bridge spans 28.7 metres and is 21 metres above the summer water level of the Neretva river. The bridge is only for pedestrians, and is ridged as the surface would be very slippery in wet & icy weather. The Halibija and Tara towers are at the ends of the bridge and now house museums and offices. It is also easy to walk down to the river bank and admire the bridge. it was here where I also some pictures. Part of the original bridge is in a garden of a mosque and has a memorial plaque beside it. Another similar bridge is Krive Cupija, which was constructed earlier as a trail for the Stari Most.
    Each year in July there is a diving contest and young people dive from the bridge into the river below, but as I saw the river is not deep and so diving off the bridge is dangerous.

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    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 26, 2014

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    Neretva river was bridged in this place long before the building of The Old Bridge. The Ottomans conquered Mostar in 1466 and then in use was a wooden bridge in pretty poor conditions. At the end of the 15th century the bridge was replaced by a wooden drawbridge with chains. This bridge was shaking when crossing over and people were reluctant to use it. Suleiman the Magnificent, who at that time was the Ottoman empire, ordered to build a solid stone bridge and the construction was entrusted to Hajrudin, a famous builder from Istanbul. Construction of the bridge lasted from 1557 to 1566 and the work of construction was entrusted to respected carpenters and stonemasons from Dubrovnik. The bridge was built of 456 heavy stone blocks and its arch is unique and exceptional.
    There is a legend according to which the builder Hajrudin fled Mostar, the day before the bridge was opened, in fear of the threat of Suleiman the Magnificent, who was threatened to Hajrudin to be sentenced to death if the arch bridge ever collapsed.
    The Old Bridge is unique because it is not associated with any particular style or period in Architecture. Since 2004 the bridge was added to the World Heritage list.

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    Old Bridge (Stari Mos)

    by shavy Written Aug 13, 2014

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    The old bridge are huge attractions in Mostar, you'll see symbol anywhere from it and also one of the most photography in town. The bridge is the only way to go on other side of town, dozens of people used this bridge everyday. This historic bridge Stari Most (Old Bridge) is originally from 1566, and was destroyed in1993 during the Balkan War. On July 23, 2004, the bridge was re-opened. The bridge is now a symbol of the thin line between peace and war

    The Stari Most has an elliptical shape, the center is located 19 meters above the water, the structure are arranged hollow spaces to reduce the weight. The arch of the bridge about six feet above the mean water level begins because the water at the end of winter five meters can rise. The bridge is fantastic restored. On and around the bridge, it is a hive of activity in the streets of the bridge people are overwhelmed by vendors and souvenir shops

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    Old Bridge

    by solopes Updated Feb 23, 2014

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    As a matter of fact, the old bridge was six years old. The old one was destroyed by the war, and this one was built recently, (almost) following the original. What shall I say, about a town that has not much more to offer than a copy of a bridge?

    Well, that's the most important bridge I ever saw. Not only a structure to pass from one side to the other across the river, but a connection between religious, linking ethnic and cultural differences.

    We were told that one side was Muslim, the other Christian. We didn't notice such difference: in both side we saw signs of both cultures, and people, struggling for life, with respect for us and each other. And so it must continue, as long as the bridge makes its job.

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    by xaver Written Oct 31, 2013

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    The old bridge was one of the most impressive examples of ottoman architecture in the Balkans.
    It was destroyet in 1991 and then rebuilt thanks to Unesco funds in 2004. On the wall every morning there are a couple of men that jump in the river for tourists after they collect something like 20 or 30€.

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    A bridge between 2 cultures ... literally

    by pugwashman Written Oct 20, 2013

    We went to Mostar on a day trip from Dubrovnik.
    We didn't know a great deal about it, but we did know of it's iconic old bridge, Stari Most.
    It had been blown apart during the Bosnian War in 1993, and rebuilt since.
    Mostar is now a Unesco Heritage site.
    The bridge splits the Muslim and Christian communities, although these days we were told that the divide is less of an issue. Only time will tell but let's hope so.
    The old town either side of the bridge is mainly cobbled streets with a lot of Souvenir shops. Some of the stuff they're selling is quite tacky, but some of it is ok.
    There is a local custom whereby local lads dive from the bridge into the River below to prove their courage. More often these days they dive for Euros. Once they collect E25 they jump. We didn't see one go but did hear one, and he survived to tell the tale.
    As you leave the Old Town there are still plenty of buildings that still show the scars of war, just to remind you that this city has had a troubled past, and not yet 20 years ago !

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    View from a bridge

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 7, 2013

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    There are wondeful views from the old bridge. On one side you look over a mosque and the Old Turkish part of town. On the other side you look towards another bridge and over an area where people swim in the river. I would have loved to go for swim in there, too, but time was against us. Spectacular.

    Looking over the Old Turkish Area. Towards Koski Mehmed Pasha's Mosque. Swimming area. Looking towards the other bridge.
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    Stari Most - The Old Bridge

    by IreneMcKay Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    This beautiful bridge gives the town its name. It must have been absolutely devastating when it was destroyed in the war. Mostar suffered so much, but this must have felt like having its heart ripped out. The bridge is now beautifully restored and in tip-top condition. It's very steep and very slippy and difficult to walk on.

    On both sides of the bridge there are old Turkish areas filled with beautiful craft shops. From the bridge there are spectacular views over town. There is a very good view of the bridge from the Old Turkish Area and also from the garden of Koski Mehmed Pasha's Mosque. I wandered into the grounds of this mosque and took lots of pictures of the view around 7pm on our first evening. We returned next day to find you had to pay an entrance fee to get to this viewing point. I think they only charge this while all the day-trippers are in town.

    The bridge was originally built across the Neretva River in 1556. It took 9 years to build. It was totally destroyed by bombs in 1993 and has now been completely restored. A diving competition takes place here each year.

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    Stari Most - The Old Bridge

    by Airpunk Written Jul 29, 2013

    Probably, this is one of the reasons why you come to Mostar. Like no other, Stari Most is the symbol for a bridge between the east and the west. Built during the Ottoman rule, it spans over the river Neva connecting the Bosniak muslims on the east bank with the Croat catholics on the west bank. When it was completed in 1566 (replacing a wooden structure on the same site), it was widely regarded as a masterpiece of engineering. It survived over 400 years before it was destroyed by bombings of the Bosnian Croat forces on November 9th 1993. A cable bridge was installed after the war and reconstruction of the original bridge commenced in 2001. Unfortunately, it was not able to use the original stones anymore since they have eroded in the river and the iron bolts have rusted and cracked some of the stones. However, original construction methods were used as well as the same material. The reconstructed bridge was presented in 2005.
    Depending on daytime and season, this place may be very crowded. And better pictures are taken from distance anyway, for example from the terrace close to the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque. Still, walking over this bridge should be part of every Mostar trip.

    Think twice which shoes you are going to use in the old town. The cobbled streets are hard to walk on, if your shoes have a pretty thin sole. The cobblestones are thick and round. The bridge however can be slippery and thousands of tourists have polished the marble stones just by walking on it.

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    Stari Most, Old Bridge, Mostar, BAH

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 12, 2013

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    Stari Most is a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city.

    In 1557, the ambitious and immodest Sultan Sulaiman the Magnificent commissioned the building of the justly-famous Mostar Bridge, the Stari Most. At four metres wide, 28 metres long and a perfect symbol of graceful Ottoman architecture, it was a bridge the likes of which had never before been attempted. Legend has it that the architect Mimar Hajrudin was commissioned to achieve this under pain of death. He so feared for his life that he made arrangements for his own funeral the day the scaffolding was to be removed.

    For over 400 years this magnificent structure stood as a testament to Ottoman power.

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    Stari Most (Old Bridge)

    by antistar Updated May 27, 2013

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    Mostar's old bridge is actually a new bridge. The original Stari Most was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. After defending the bridge from the Serbs for months of brutal siege warfare, the Bosnian Croats then shelled the bridge following the break-out of hostilities with their Bosnian Muslim neighbours. Such is the history of this city.

    The bridge had stood for 427 years prior to 1993. It was built during Ottoman times, on the orders of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Sultan who brought terror to Europe by conquering the Balkans while wearing a turban the size of a wombat. It became a wonder of the era: an immense piece of architecture. It was so impressive that it drew people from all around just to witness it, as it does to this day.

    After its destruction, its reconstruction became a priority of the new Bosnian government and the organisations that supported it. The reconstruction of the bridge was seen as part of the vital rebuilding of bridges between the torn communities. Funding flooded in from the World Bank, the UN, the Council of Europe, among others. UNESCO oversaw the whole venture, and on 2004, over ten years since its destruction, the bridge was unveiled to the world.

    The bridge is the thing. It's one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in Europe, and set against one of the most beautiful back-drops. It's of great cultural and political importance, with a history that can both inspire and bring you to tears. Walk across it, admire it, or sit down underneath it and soak up its imposing drama. But don't miss it.

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    The Old Bridge

    by Avieira67 Updated May 25, 2013

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    This stone bridge was built, In 1566, by the Ottoman architect Mimar Hajrudin. It spanned the emerald green waters of the Neretva River and came to be known as Stari Most - Old Bridge.
    The bridge and its cobble-stoned old town did not change much through the centuries, even during the two World Wars that engulfed the region. However, in Novembre 1993, it was destroyed by artillery and tanks of the Bosnian War.
    The bridge had not only been the symbol of the city, which is now divided between Bosnian Croats and Bosniaks, but also a symbol of Bosnia-Hercegovina's historic tolerance for diversity among its peoples.
    However magnificent, the Old Bridge and its reconstruction were much more than meets the eye, stress both Larry Hannah, the World Bank Team Leader for the project and Vesna Francic, the local project officer. The project and its success were the fruit of an extraordinary partnership between the people of Mostar, national and local authorities, and the international community. This combined effort was more than a simple pooling of money. It reflected the will of a “coalition of the committed;” one that remains determined to help this city and this country rebuild and start afresh after the suffering and strife of the 1990s.

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    ~STARI MOST~

    by Biljana Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The focus point of the city of Mostar is the Stari Most. The bridge was destroyed during the war and on July 23rd, 2004 the reconstructed Old Bridge will be officially opened. Part of the opening day ceremonies will be the traditional dives from the bridge. Before the war an annual tradition was to hold a diving competiton where competitors dive off the bridge.

    If you wish to see live footage of the bridge you can take a look at several live cams around the bridge available at the following website:

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    Old Bridge

    by bonio Written Jun 27, 2010

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    An ambition of mine to visit Mostar and to see this bridge over the Naretva river, even moreso since 1993, and here I am. Lucky enough to see one of the famous divers too, not quick enough for a photo though. Visit early or in the evening to have it almost to yourself, but looks great at anytime of day.

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