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Live your fairytale in Mostar!

Without a doubt, the city of Mostar is one of the most beautiful – if not, the most beautiful – cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Being the fifth-largest city of the country, Mostar is located on the Neretva River and took its name from the “mostari”, the bridge keepers who guarded the Old Bridge (Stari Most) of Neretva. Human traces from multiple historic eras have been found in the region of Neretva, including remains from prehistoric settlements and Roman buildings.


There are not many written sources from the medieval period (although the area has been inhabited constantly, judging by the preserved Christian basilicas); the name and a short description of the city was being first mentioned in a document written on 1474, while we also know that it was an important spot of the trade route between modern Bosnia and the Adriatic. The city has been conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1468, when it took the name “Köprühisar” (the fortress of the bridge) and was organized into the “commercial” part of the city and the residential area. The works of fortification started in 1520 and ended in 1566, while the Old Bridge (Stari Most), the city’s landmark, was erected in 1566, after the orders of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and was designed by Mimar Hayruddin, an apprentice of a famous Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan. The bridge is considered one of the most characteristic examples of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. The city came under the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1878 up to 1918 and the end of World War I, when the Empire was dissolved. It then became part of the Yugoslavian Kingdom and continued being an important industrial and tourist centre, up to the Bosnian War during the 90’s, when a significant number of the city’s buildings was demolished (Stari Most included). Mostar, just like many other cities of importance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was rebuilt after a long time by the help of International Community.
It would not be an exaggeration if someone described Mostar as a “museum-city”; many buildings of fine architecture and of multiple influence can be found there. Mosques dated in the Ottoman ruling period and Austro-Hungarian neoclassic buildings are the main consisting elements of the city’s identity. The Stari Most bridge has been listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2005 and it’s the most popular site of the city, while one can also find a Jewish Synagogue and a Jewish cemetery in Mostar. The city has gained popularity within the past decade and is considered one of the most famous tourist attractions of Bosnia; the Mostar International Airport is the second-busiest airport of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some of the most important sites of the city are the Catholic Bishop’s Ordinariate, the clock tower (shahat kula), the Metropolitan’s Palace and the remains of an early Christian Basilica at Cim, while some places that are worth visiting in the area nearby are the Tekija Dervish Monastery in Blagaj and the remains of Daorson, an ancient Greek city.

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