Mostar Travel Summary

Mostar is a truly captivating town boasting cobblestone & marble streets that wind through the Old Town, the curved minarets of mosques jutting into the sky, traditional restaurants and craft shops that wind around the banks of the azure green Neretva River.

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The Mostar Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Mostar:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

 

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town

Mostar’s and Bosnia’s most famous sites is the Stari Most, or ‘Old Bridge’. The bridge was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and is exemplary of typical Islamic architecture.  It crosses over the beautiful turquoise Neretva river, and is at the heart of Mostar’s historic Old Town. During the Croat-Bosniak conflict the bridge was destroyed by Croat forces but it has since been rebuilt to its exact original specifications. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having received this status in 2005 soon after it was rebuilt, and it attracts thousands of tourists to Mostar every year.  Today, the Mostar bridge is considered a symbol of the city, and is even the site of a Red Bull cliff diving competition where divers jump off the bridge into the waters below.

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Mostar also makes a great day trip, either from Split, Dubrovnik, or Sarajevo. From these towns, you can join a bus tour where you spend the mid-portion of the day in Mostar, with transportation in the morning and evening. We travelled from Dubrovnik and were able to enjoy some great destinations in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina as part of the day trip.

2. What to See:

Stari Most (Old Bridge)

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Old Bridge (Stari Most), was erected in 1566 on the order of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman ruler, and was designed by Mimar Hayruddin
  • The current bridge was rebuilt to its former glory following the bridge’s 1990s bombardment during the civil war
  • The bridge reopened in 2004 and is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site
  • It now symbolises peace between the city’s Muslim and Christian residents between the Ottoman left bank and the largely 19th-century Austro-Hungarian population
  • There is an annual diving competition is held in mid-August, watched by up to 15,000 spectators
  • Make sure you keep an eye out for one of the locals performing spectacular dives

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Kujundžiluk Bazaar

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Wander along a small, pretty, cobbled street, dating back to the middle of the 16th century which are full of characteristic crafts shops and workshops.
  • This area is also were the lion’s share of restaurants can be found
  • You will be tempted to buy some of the local ancient crafts from the area such as the working of copper and the weaving of carpets

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Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • This mosque was built at the beginning of the 17th century by Koski Mehmed-Pasha
  • During the war in Bosnia (1992-95), it was badly damaged by the Croatian military forces, and its restoration took place during 1996-2001
  • Climb to the top of the minaret to be rewarded with spectacular panoramic view of the river and Mostar
  • The best aerial photographs of Mostar can be taken from the top of the mosque – therefore, it is well worth the entrance fee

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Crooked Bridge

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija) was designed and built as a test model for the construction of the bigger and more famous Old Bridge
  • The Turks built the model to see whether a bridge with such a semicircular stone arch could withstand loads
  • Floods destroyed the bridge in 2001, but it was rebuilt on the initiative of UNESCO

 

3. Photo Gallery:

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