Year of 2018

Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

To celebrate Independence Day in Bosnia and Herzogovina we’re in Mostar, a city on the banks of the Neretva River. This bridge that joins the two sides of the city is called Stari Most, or ‘Old Bridge.’ The original stone bridge was built in the 16th century but destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. Reconstruction began in 2001, using local materials and even some stones from the original bridge. The new ‘Old Bridge’ was completed in 2004.

Stari Most is a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city. It was built by a famous Ottoman Sultan’s architect Mimar Sinan/Hajruddin who built many of the key Sultan’s buildings in Istanbul. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat military forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it; the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004.
Opened: 1566
Width: 13' 1" (4 m)
Length: 98' 5" (30 m)
Clearance below: 65' 7" (20 m)
Height: 78' 9" (24 m) (Architectural)
Architect: Mimar Hayruddin
Old Bridge (bos.
Old Bridge (bos. "Stari Most") in Mostar 2006