Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina

One of the most photographed bridges in the Balkans  exists in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was built by the Ottomans and served as a crucial trading post for the Ottoman Empire and connected the East with the West. The city grew up around the bridge and gained its name from the bridge.  During the difficult war in the mid-nineties, the bridge was destroyed then later rebuilt. 

Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina ~ Videos: This 4-minute video gives an introduction to Mostar with intriguing information about the famous bridge. This 3-minute video is a lovely look at Mostar with some fun, time-lapse sequences.

FunFacts about Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Mostar is a city and the administrative center of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inhabited by 105,797 people, it is the most important city in the Herzegovina region, serving as its cultural and economic capital. (Source)
  • Mostar is situated on the Neretva River.
  • Mostar is the fifth-largest city in the country.
  • The name ‘Mostar’ comes from ‘mostari’ which means ‘bridge keepers’. The Old Bridge in Mostar is one of the most photographed bridges in the Balkans. In Medieval times, the ‘mostari’ guarded the ‘Stari Most’ or ‘Old Bridge’ over the Neretva River.
  • The Ottomans built the Old Bridge in the 16th century which is considered an exemplary achievement of Islamic architecture. It is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most visited landmarks.
  • Archaeological evidence of Roman occupation was discovered beneath the current city.
  • Mostar was in the Croat-Bosniak War and lost 2,000 people during the conflict. The Mostar Bridge was destroyed during the war and subsequently rebuilt. This war was part of the larger Bosnian War.
  • Traditional Mostar cuisine is a blend of Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean.
  • Ethnicity: nearly half the population of Mostar is comprised of Croats followed closely in number by Bosniaks. Serbs represent 4% of the population.
  • Mostar enjoys a Mediterranean climate.
  • Mostar has an international airport. Tourism is an important industry for the city.
  • The Balkans region is considered a cultural crossroads and the city of Mostar no less so. The following showcases the diversity of Mostar historically in some of its noteworthy sites, quote: Bishop’s Ordinariate building, the remains of an early Christian basilica at Cim, a hamam (Ottoman public bath), clock tower, Synagogue (1889) and Jewish Memorial Cemetery, Nesuh-aga Vučjaković Mosque, Hadži-Kurt Mosque or Tabačica, Metropolitan’s Palace (1908), Karagöz Bey Mosque (1557), Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (1873), Catholic Church and Franciscan Monastery, Ottoman Residences (16th–19th century), Crooked Bridge, Tara and Halebija Towers. (Source)

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31 thoughts on “Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1. What a beautiful and picturesque view. This was my first exposure to this bridge, so I learned a lot. Thank you for the information.

    Amy in Waseca, Minnesota, which is 1 hour north of the Idaho state line.

  2. The bridge has such a lovely aesthetic! I’d like to go there and walk around the city to see the diverse cultural influences.

  3. Love the beautiful pictures! I would love to see the bridge in person. Watching the videos, there are some things that I would love to see in person besides the bridge.

  4. Beautiful pictures, especially the bridge ones. Beautiful country too. Wouldn’t mind visiting there – a lot of history and fabulous architecture to see. AZ

  5. I learned something new. They’re Bosnians not Bosnikians. I prefer The latter myself. Lol. Am eagerly looking forward to receiving the beautiful bracelet I won. The photos are lovely and interesting.

  6. Such a beautiful bridge. I hate that war can destroy such important and historic architectural structures. I’m glad they were able to rebuild it.

    The US Army under IFOR put up a lot of temporary bridges during the war in the 90s. That was part of my brother’s job.

    denise from maryland

  7. The first picture made me say “wow” and then every other picture of the bridge made me say “wow” again. Every picture of the bridge is just wonderful. Love it.

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