Mostar is a city and municipality located in the center of Herzegovina region, in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is cultural capital and the most important city in the Herzegovina region. Through the center of the canyon spans the Neretva River and Mostar is known as the “city on the Neretva river.” Mostar is the fifth-largest city in the Federatin of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The name of the city signifies “bridge-keeper”, as a bridge has always been at the heart of the town’s identity.
By the sixteenth century, Bosnia had become part of the Ottoman Empire, in a matter of decades, Mostar was transformed from a minor river crossing to a thriving imperial crossroads.The Ottomans used monumental architecture to affirm, extend and consolidate their imperial holdings. Bosnia was made a crown land of the Austro-Hungarian Empire New monuments and architectural styles reflected the aspirations of Mostarians and the Austro-Hungarian administration.
The Old Bridge is a 16th century Ottoman bridge that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, but it was destroyed in 1993 during the Croat-Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened in 2004. The Old Bridge is known for jumping in river Neretva and today, its symbol of Mostar and part of UNESCO world heritage.
The Old Bazaar is placed in the centre of the city, you can admire one of the oldest parts of Mostar, which winds along a small, pretty, cobbled street, dating back to the middle of the 16th century, where characteristic crafts shops and traditional restaurants are found.
Turkish house or Biscevica corner, is one of the most beautiful preserved residential structures from the Turkish period. House is surrounded by the high walls which protected girls and women from curious men sights in 18th century.
Karadozbey Mosque is a mosque in the region of Herzegovina. It was built by the Turkish architect in 16th century, but in the Second World War it was severely damaged, and in the Bosnian War it was almost completely destroyed. However, the mosque is rebuilt in 2004. and today receive big number of visitors.
Mostar is an ideal place to taste Bosnia’s specialties like cevapi, burek, Bosnia’s soup called Bosanski lonac and several types of pie.