Stari Most (Bosnia)

Stari Most (Bosnia)

Mostar Bridge (Bosnian: Stari Most) is a bridge over the Neretva River that passes through Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mostar. The original bridge was built in 1566 by Mimar Hayaddin, a student of Mimar Sinan [1], and was used for 427 years until its destruction by the Croatian forces during the Bosniak-Croatian War on 9 November 1993. Architect Hayreddin used 456 stones for the bridge. [2] The bridge also gave the name of the surrounding city. Mostar was the main city of the Herzegovina region. A project to reconstruct the bridge was prepared and a new bridge was opened on July 23, 2004. The bridge was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2005.