Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina

This is a good view of the Stari Most (Old Bridge) in Mostar from the Nerteva River.  This bridge was originally constructed in 1566 by the Ottomans, but it was torn down in the 1990s during the war.  They rebuilt the bridge in 2004 with many of the original stones.

I am standing on the Stari Most in this picture.  I did not realize how hot Mostar was!  I wore jeans because we toured a mosque also, and they generally want people to be covered up inside a mosque.  I respect all people's faiths and try to be courteous to the local populations when I travel.

This is a good picture of the Stari Grad (Old Town) of Mostar.  They had lots of shops here.

This is an old Turkish house that we visited.  It was built hundreds of years ago.

One can see the Stari Most, one of the old bridge towers, and the belfrey of the Franciscan Church in Mostar in this picture.  The belfrey is the tallest structure in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

I am inside one of the bridge towers.  It is amazing how these old structures are still standing today!
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    Mostar is a very diverse city in Hercegovina.  There are Muslims, Croatian Catholics, and Serbian Orthodox who all live in this city.  They have a small Jewish population as well.  This area was once under the Ottoman Empire.  After the former Yugoslavia broke up, there was heavy fighting in Mostar during the war in Bosnia.  All the bridges over the Nerteva River including the famous Stari Most from 1566 was torn down.  There are still signs of the war in many of the buildings.  Mostar is also one of the hottest cities in Europe!

Last Updated:  August 10, 2013 11:59 AM