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  The Old Bridge
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The oldest written document about Mostar dated from 1452 when Dubrovnik's chronologists, together with Blagaj (in that time capital of Herzegovina), mentioned two towers together with an iron wire-bridge which is "hugging" Neretva River. It is supposed that there was no bigger settlement then just a fortress. First time, Mostar was mentioned as a settlement after 22 years later. After Turkish occupation of Blagaj 1468, and whole Herzegovina 1482, Mostar started with a quick developing. Soon, settlement was mentioned as Mostar, as historians say, according the bridge-keepers "Mostari" ("most" means bridge, "mostari" is something like "bridgers") in the towers. A few years later, Mostar became the capital after Herzegovinian Bey moved his seat there.
After Austro-Hungarian occupied Bosnia and Herzegovina, they started building of education, governing and communal buildings: electrical light (1885-1911), hotel "Neretva" and First Gymnasium (1897-1905, city bath (1914), Emperor Bridge...
This is the short history of this beautiful city on beautiful river. I had ugly rainy weather during my last visit (20-24th October 2003), and I couldn't take better shots, but I hope that I will represent you the city as much as I can.

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2004
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