Mostar Journals

Rebuilding Bridges in Mostar

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A September 2009 trip to Mostar by fizzytom

Stari Most (Old Bridge) Photo, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina More Photos
Quote: An overnight stay in Mostar - a whistlestop tour to an independent visit to this gem of a town in souther Hercegovina

Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque

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Attraction | "The Best View in Mostar"

Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque Photo, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Mostar is undeniably a city of amazing views but the best one of all is that of the bright green Neretva River passing through under the world famous Stari Most -the Old Bridge which is seen from the minaret platform of the Koski-Mehmed Pasa mosque. I had long wanted to climb the minaret of a mosque but this is not possible in working mosques and I thought I would never get the opportunity. This mosque is open to visitors and I believe it's more a cultural monument than a working mosque. Admission is free and photography is permitted. The minaret tower is narrow and not recommended for the claustrophobic or those who have difficulty with lots of steps; however, even if you don'...Read More

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Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque

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Mostar - an Overview Part One

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I remember seeing, as a child, a photograph showing daring young Yugoslav men jumping from a bridge into impossibly blue water below. It struck me as very exciting and must have made quite an impression on me as I told myself that one day I would see it for myself. The bridge was in Mostar which is now in the independent country of Bosnia and Herzegovina; more specifically, it is the regional capital of the province of Herzegovina in the south west of the country. There is a bridge there today but it is not the original; that was blown up by a Croatian rocket during the Bosnian war but after the war it was rebuilt, partly using the original materials which fell into the gorge below. In the summer of 2...Read More

Mostar - an Overview Part Two

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Most tourists come for the day from the coastal resorts of Croatia and even Montenegro; others come from the capital. I believe you can also do a half day trip from the coast in combination with a half day in Medjugorje (a famous pilgrimage sight thanks to an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1981). One day is sufficient to see the main sights and get a feel for the Old Town. This can easily include going inside some of the wonderful buildings of the old town. Organised trips from the coast tend to be quite structured but do take in the main sights; if you are an independent visitor you can book a walking tour through the tourist information centre or with one of the countless companies with offices in...Read More

Homestay Zahirovica Lace 27a

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Hotel | "Ideal Location for the Sights of Mostar"

Basic but acceptable accommodation Photo, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Arriving by bus in Mostar we were faced with a challenge. Judging by our small map we hadn't been dropped at the main station. We started walking and tried to find a landmark but within minutes we were approached by an elderly man who offered us a room and he showed us on the map that it was close to the Old Town of Mostar and very close to the main bus station which would be useful for our departure. He was a Professor of Engineering at the University and he rented out several rooms in a rambling house on a quiet street. He spoke good English and a little German and explained that his daughter is an English teacher. The house is easy to find from the train station (which is al...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2010

Stari Most (Old Bridge)

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Attraction | "Building a Bridge to My Heart"

Stari Most (Old Bridge) Photo, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Since childhood I longed to see the Stari Most in the city of Mostar in what was then Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina. A family friend had been in the country and had brought back postcards of various sights in Yugoslavia, this being one of them. In particular I was fascinated by the divers, those brave – some might say crazy – young men who leap from the peak of the bridge into the fast blue waters of the Neretva River beneath. When war came to Bosnia in the 1990s I was reminded of my dream again and I hoped that one day, after the war I might still be able to go to Mostar. However, when the bridge was destroyed by a Croatian rocket, I was resigned to having my dream shattered. For...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2009

Stari Most (Old Bridge)
Stari Most
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina