Stari Most World Heritage Site

Bridge in Mostar over the river Neretva

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Stari Most
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Stari Most in 2006
Coordinates43°20′13.56″N 17°48′53.46″E / 43.3371000°N 17.8148500°E / 43.3371000; 17.8148500Coordinates: 43°20′13.56″N 17°48′53.46″E / 43.3371000°N 17.8148500°E / 43.3371000; 17.8148500
LocaleMostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Official nameStari most
Heritage statusKONS listed[1]
Designarch bridge
Total length29 metres
Width4 metres
No. of spans1
Clearance belowcca.20 metres at mid-span depending on river water-level
ArchitectMimar Hayruddin (concept could originate from Mimar Sinan′s idea)
Constructed byMimar Hayruddin, apprentice of Mimar Sinan
Construction start1557
Construction end1566
Rebuilt7 June 2001 – 23 July 2004
Collapsed9 November 1993
Official nameOld Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar
Designated2005 (29th session)
Reference no.946
State Party Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stari Most is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stari Most
Stari Most
in Old Town of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stari Most (literally 'Old Bridge'), also known as Mostar Bridge, is a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat paramilitary forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it; the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004.

The bridge is considered an exemplary piece of Balkan Islamic architecture and was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557. It was designed by Mimar Hayruddin, a student and apprentice of architect Mimar Sinan who built many of the Sultan's key buildings in Istanbul and around the empire.[2][3][4][5]

  1. ^ "Old Bridge (Stari Most) in Mostar - Commission to preserve national monuments". Commission to preserve national monuments (KONS). 8 July 2004. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  2. ^ Balić, Smail (1973). Kultura Bošnjaka: Muslimanska Komponenta. Vienna. pp. 32–34. ISBN 9783412087920.
  3. ^ Čišić, Husein. Razvitak i postanak grada Mostara. Štamparija Mostar. p. 22. ISBN 9789958910500.
  4. ^ Stratton, Arthur (1972). Sinan. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. ISBN 9780684125824.
  5. ^ Jezernik, Božidar (1995). "Qudret Kemeri: A Bridge between Barbarity and Civilization". The Slavonic and East European Review. 73 (95): 470–484. JSTOR 4211861.

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