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Old Bridge - Stari Most, Mostar: 41 reviews and 105 photos

The famous stone arch of Mostar's Old Bridge (Stari Most) is the outstanding symbol of the city and is it's most endearing attraction. The bridge which was originally built by in 1566 by Mimar Hajrudin during the Ottoman period and is what gives Mostar it's name...'Keepers of the Bridge'.
Tragically the bridge was completely destroyed by a direct hit from Croatian forces in 1993 and the bridge over the Neretva River, once described by Rebecca West in her famous travel book 'Black Lamb and Grey Falcon' as "one of the most beautiful bridges in the world", was no more.
After conflict ended it was decided to rebuild the Old Bridge and with huge international support reconstruction of the bridge was started in 1997 and was completed in 2004 amid much celebration and rejoice. Once more the beautiful, graceful stone bridge is there to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. While the Old Bridge is sorely missed, the 'new' Old Bridge should, in time, come to stand for much more than its predecessor, in that it is now much more than a symbol of the city but also of the resilient and determined nature of its's people and a will to survive in the face of extreme times of adversity.

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  • Written Apr 20, 2009
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