I visited Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina for one day only. We ended up in a state with still unhealed wounds of war, Muslim population and Oriental radiation. Bosnia and Herzegovina was shockingly marked by the war. I saw dozens of bullet-pierced buildings, even some of them.
The broken windows and the failing roofs of the houses made me wonder what happened to their occupants. Perhaps the entire family of the owners was killed, so there is no one to come back to repair their property. It is interesting to note that human ingenuity sometimes takes rather ominous forms. In Mostar, for example, there were plenty of souvenirs made from cartridges such as chemicals and key chains. I was too shocked to take pictures, but also impressed.
So was war, but people are trying to get something positive from the tragedy, turning the terrible event into a tourist attraction. The purpose of our trip was Mostar. The area in which he is located has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age objects were found nearby.
During the Ottoman Empire, the city was an administrative center and developed as a typical Oriental city. For me, this feeling was dominant. The glory on both sides of the famous bridge reminded me very much of Kruja in Albania and of the Odrin markets. It is a narrow street, on both sides of which there are dozens of souvenir shops, local goods, clothes and jewelery. Although geographically quite westward, I felt like the Orient.
We were told that at that time the city gained its multicultural character and became a modern European city. The historical old part of the city is located along the river. This neighborhood is remarkable for its old Ottoman houses, but it combines patterns of different architectural styles - pre-Islamic, East Asian, Mediterranean and West European.
The famous bridge was designed by the famous architect Sinan (who was in Edirne and Istanbul, no doubt he heard that name) and built in 1557-1566. It is believed that it was from the bridge built in the 16th century that the city was named. It is 30 meters long and rises 20 meters above Neretva at its highest point. At the time of its construction, the Old Bridge is the largest with such an arch in the world.
It was guarded by two towers: the Hellebi Tower and the Tara Tower, also called the Bridge Guardians or the Bridgeers. Unfortunately, in 1993, most of the historic city, along with the Old Bridge, which at that time was more than 400 years old, was destroyed. Disputes still arise as to whether it was of strategic importance for military action, or the destruction of it was simply an act directed against the local cultural heritage.
In its place is temporarily placed bridge with metal ropes, which can be seen on the Internet of pictures - the area is completely unrecognizable! In 2001 reconstruction began with the contribution of a scientific committee set up by UNESCO, and in 2004 was the official opening of the reconstructed bridge. It, as well as the area around it, is a symbol of international cooperation and the peaceful co-existence of local people from different cultures, ethnicities and religious communities.
The bridge is rather steep, but it does not have any ladders, but rather protruding stone thresholds that prevent a person from sliding. For the first time I have seen such a solution, but I guess it was in the original bridge. Each year in summer, usually at the end of July, a traditional diving event is organized, during which young men jump from the bridge to the river.
Because her water is very cold, this venture is risky, and only the strongest, clever and trained daggers are involved.