Travel Destination :: Mostar Bosnia
I did not quite know what to expect when I agreed to visit Mostar. This is a beautiful town surrounded by modest mountains, yet the physical scars of the 90’s war are still quite evident. I would also add in sobering. The bridge in the photo above was demolished during the war years. After the fighting ended, the pieces of the bridge were literally drudged out of the water, and the bridge remarkably rebuilt piece by piece. What a fascinating fete.
Remembrances can be found throughout a stroll in Mostar, some very touching.
I look forward to a return to Mostar in the future not only to discover more but with hopes of seeing this town flourishing. Add Mostar to your travel destination list especially if you are touring Sarajevo or Dubrovnik.
As shown in the images above, the Neretva River is the heart of Mostar. The river spanned by the delicate arch of Mostar’s Stari Most is the River Neretva. It is one of the main waterways of the Balkans, and much of it – 129 of its 143 miles – is in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the last 14 miles are in Croatia). Twisting its way down through the Dinaric Alps, it is powerful enough to support four hydro-electric power plants. These include the Jablanica Dam at Konjic, which was created in 1953, but not without controversy – the consequent Lake Jablanicko swallowed up swathes of fertile agricultural land.
Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities.