Mostar was always a crossroad for many civilizations and places like this are rare to find. You can feel the traditions and customs of the past throughout the town. The whole city, the ruins of the Ottoman era, the Austro- Hungarian architecture and modern construction represent this multicultural community. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and was named after the keepers of the bridge and two bridge towers. The most famous sight is the old bridge that was built in the 16th century, on the site where once stood a wooden chains bridge. Due to the increased use, Turks got approval for the construction of a new bridge. Architect Mimar Hajrudin built this bridge, with 4.5 meters wide, and an arch 21 meters high. In 1566 the bridge was completed and opened to the public. Unfortunately, the bridge was destroyed in the war in 1993, but was later rebuilt after the war ended. The bridge is the first monument in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage. In addition to the rich history, the bridge is known for something else. At the end of July an informal competition is held, where people jump into the cold river water while performing various figures. Other sights worth a visit are Karagöz Bey Mosque, Bišćevića Turkish house, the historic village Brankovac, with houses and courtyards of the old families of Mostar, built in the Ottoman style... The shape of the bridge has its own interesting story too; it represents life. The bridge is one half of a circle, while its reflection in the water reflects the other half. Put together it represents life.

Mostar included in

  • Mostar


  • Počitelj


  • Sarajevo


  • Jajce