After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the break up of the Soviet bloc, there were lots of events happened in Eastern Europe – wars, conflicts, declarations of independence, etc. and we heard a lot of unfamiliar country names in the news. When we lived in London, we had an ambition to visit those countries in person – and Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the them.
Mostar is one of the most important cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was also the most heavily bombed Bosnian city during the Bosnian War in 1992-1995. Indeed as we walked into the Old Town, we did see a lot of buildings bearing the scars of war (I can post a picture later). The Old Town was pretty intact although it was actually the result of major restorations after the war.
The Old Town was built across the banks of a river called Neretva. The two river banks are connected by Stari Most, or Old Bridge in English. Stari Most is the most famous landmark in Mostar and the reason why you do not see it here is because I was standing there taking this picture. The bridge was actually destroyed in the Bosnian War and it was rebuilt in 2004. The mosque in the middle is called Koski Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque and there is another bigger one on the right hand side called Karadjoz-Bey Mosque.
As you can see in the picture, the Old Town is actually a popular tourist attraction.