Modern day Mostar – Mari Nicholson
Famous for the bridge that was destroyed in the 1990 conflict in the Balkans, the historic old town of Mostar in Herzegovina that spans the deep valley of the Neretva River, is somewhere that should be visited by anyone who travels to Dalmatia. Most of the old town, as well as the bridge, was destroyed in that dreadful war, signs of which are still in evidence around the area.
Mostar, Astride the River – Mari Nicholson
Dating back to the 15th century, Mostar was developed as an Ottoman frontier town and was further developed during the 19th and 20th centuries when the Ottomans were seemingly unstoppable as they pushed at the gates of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
Long known for its old Turkish houses and the iconic bridge, Stari Most, after which the town is named (mostari meaning the bridge-keepers) many of the dwellings in the Old Town were restored or rebuilt in 2004 with the help of UNESCO. The Old Bridge was originally designed by the architect Hajruddin, under the direction of his famous architect teacher Sinan, and its reconstruction was based on thorough and detailed analyses, use of authentic materials and techniques: the reconstructed portions have been left visible.
Before the war, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, mosques, churches, and synagogues existed side-by-side indicating that the Roman Catholic Croats, the Eastern Orthodox Serbs, and the Sephardic Jews, had lived peaceably together with the Bosniak-Muslims for more than four centuries and the town is an outstanding example of a multicultural settlement with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European features.
It is hoped that the reconstructed old bridge and city of Mostar will serve as a symbol of the coexistence of the diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities in this region.
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We never got beyond Dubrovnik and pretty Cavtat and it was before the war but I’d love to go back and see more.
There are so many places one would like to return to but, sadly, there are always other places to visit. I was lucky to spend ten days in the area touring around at leisure but even so, I have planned a long weekend in Split next April as my time there, and in Dubrovnik, was spent trying to avoid the crowds who came just because of Game of Thrones. One really couldn’t see the historical sights with any pleasure.
Happy to remember Dubrovnik as it was 🙂
Which one are you reading? I’ve near finished the Ed Vullaimy book The War is Dead, Long Live the War, which is brilliant and I can recommend it. Now I want to read another book about that terrible war, one can’t have too many opinions on it. After my visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina which I had always wanted to visit following on from my WWl studies (the name was so attractive way back in those days when I only associated it with the death of the Austrian-Hungarian ruler), I am avid for information.
Currently reading a book about the break up of the former Yugoslavia. Shockingly sad.
An interesting look at a beautiful area, with a timely reminder of how things can change. Great images..