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Date: 5th June 2017

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We had a choice of a day on the beach or by the pools at the Hotel or a visit to Mostar in Bosnia & Hertsogovina. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity and opted for Mostar.

Again a long coach journey and the fad of going over the border again but the countryside really is stunning and you’d never tire of it. 

In the 1990’s during the Bosnian War in which Bosnians, Croatians and Serbians participated, the town of Mostar was heavily bombed (you can still see the pock marks on walls) and the historic Stari Most bridge blown up.

I’ve tried to understand the War but like most Wars it is almost impossible but if you want to know more then do go to Wikipedia. I simply couldn’t begin to interpret the information.

What I do read and understand is that in October 1998, UNESCO established an international committee of experts to oversee the design and reconstruction work. It was decided to build a bridge as similar as possible to the original, using the same technology and materials. The bridge was re-built with local materials using Ottoman construction techniques. Tenelia stone from local quarries was used and Hungarian army divers recovered stones from the original bridge from the river below. Reconstruction commenced on 7 June 2001. The reconstructed bridge was inaugurated on 23 July 2004.

As always we had a superb guide who took us, among other places of interest, to an old Tanners’ Mosque - no longer used but preserved as a museum; to a Turkish house left to the people by a childless couple; and to the famous bridge. It is very very steep and you need to rest your heels on the bars of stone on the way up and your toes on the bars on the way down. The old part of Mostar has been reconstructed with cobble stones - very difficult to walk on even in flat shoes. And we lunched at a restaurant overhanging the river running deeply below us and with a very good view of the famous bridge.

I’m very pleased that I chose to visit Mostar especially as a dear friend was involved in the Peace keeping force there.

The famous rebuilt Mostar bridge.

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