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Mostar has a story to tell. It is the story of the Old Bridge, an elegant single span arch built over the river Neretva by the Ottoman Turks. Mostar is an old city, established in the 15th century when a small settlement began to form around an old Roman wooden bridge over the Neretva river, but the name Mostar comes from the old white limestone bridge Stari Most (most means bridge, and stari means old – hence Mostar) which was finished in 1566 after nine years construction for the Ottoman emperor Sultan Sleiman the Magnificent.

The master builder was a Turkish engineer, Hayruddin. He was a student of a great builder, Mimar Sinan, who built the bridge over the River Drina in Višegrad. The bridge was also called the ‘Fossilised Crescent’ and was generally regarded a masterpiece of Turkish building technique and elegance. The story goes that the Sultan swore to execute the engineer if this bridge, like previous attempts, collapsed. Not feeling too confident about the success of his project, Hayruddin took to his heels on the day the supports were to be removed. He was eventually found digging his own grave, but the news was not what he expected - the bridge stood and for 429 years the Stari Most stood as a reminder of his excellent engineering.

On November 9, 1993, during bitter civil war in the city, the bridge was shelled by a Bosnian Croat tank from Mt. Hum. One of its last roles had been to allow Muslim defenders of the "left bank" cross the river and take supplies to their supporters and the population that had remained there. It withstood many centuries, but it could not survive this concentrated effort to demolish it. After several direct hits, this magnificent piece of history crashed into the waters below.

Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it; the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004.

At the top of the bridge we can see a man which will jump from there if he collects enough money. This is another attraction behind visiting the famous bridge.

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Additional Photos by Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 668 W: 10 N: 1998] (8419)
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