09-06-12 The Old Bridge, Mostar

Stari Most (“the Old Bridge) is a name I’ve seen for bridges in other places in for former Yugoslav Republic. But this particular bridge is the most famous Stari Most. It spans the Neretva River in Mostar, Bosnia. Though it is called “the Old Bridge,” parts of it date back to very recent history because it has been reconstructed.

It stood for close to 500 years before it was intentionally destroyed in the Croat-Bosniak war. In war there is a general convention that art and architecture are spared. But in this case the enemy made an exception. Fortunately, it has been meticulously reconstructed.

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