UNESCO Spotlight: Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina

UNESCO Spotlight: Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina was founded in the 15th century and was an important Ottoman regional center until the late 19th century. Named after the men who guarded its Old Bridge, Stari Most, the town passed from the Ottomans to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 19th century. After WWI, it became a part of newly-formed Yugoslavia.

Engulfed in war after Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence in 1992, the town was shelled repeatedly. Its Old Town, including its celebrated bridge, was all but destroyed.

After the war ended, UNESCO and donor nations launched a five-year project to rebuild the historic Old Town and the bridge in an effort to heal the deep ethnic divide that characterized the destruction. The resulting reconstruction was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.

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Building BridgesThe beautifully proportioned Old Bridge in Mostar is a symbol of the city, standing in its original form for 427 years until it was destroyed in 1993. Commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent and designed by a student of the famed Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, the tall arch of the bridge radiates grace and power. Its reconstruction, which recreated the original silhouette, is considered a work of art as well as a gesture towards peace.


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View of Mostar Bridge from an outdoor cafe Photo: Martin Klimenta

View of Mostar Bridge from an outdoor cafe
Photo: Martin Klimenta

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(Top Photo: Mostar Bridge on a sunny summer day. Photo Credit: Chris Lira)

PUBLISHED: September 11, 2015

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