Newsweek: Mostar in Bosnia is a perfect alternative to overcrowded Eastern European cities
In Bosnia, Mostar is the place to begin. At the city’s heart is the Old Town, a rambling network of cobblestone streets and historic buildings. On Stari Most (Old Bridge), a spectacularly beautiful stone arch built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, you find ancient and recent history colliding.
Stari Most was acclaimed as an architectural wonder for centuries and was deliberately shelled by Croatian troops in 1993 in an extreme act of nationalist vandalism. Post-war the bridge was rebuilt and today it stands as both a historic monument and an emblem of Bosnia’s rebirth. On summer days, the local daredevils leap from the bridge into the flowing green waters 21 metres below.
CNN: 10 reasons to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mostar is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most spectacular cities, with prime Ottoman-era architecture and its famous Stari Most (Old Bridge).
The bridge was bombed in the Croat-Bosniak War in 1993, but has since been reconstructed.
Today, the bridge is 24 meters high at its apex and it is a rite of passage for young dudes to dive off into the River Neretva below.