Stari most, Mostar...Old Bridge in Mostar

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The bridge spans the Neretva river in the old town of Mostar, the city to which it gave the name. The original bridge was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557 to replace an older wooden suspension bridge of dubious stability. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on November 9, 1993 by Bosnian Croat forces during the Croat-Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened on July 23, 2004. The Stari Most is hump-backed, 4 metres (13 ft 1 in) wide and 30 metres (98 ft 5 in) long, and dominates the river from a height of 24 m (78 ft 9 in). Two fortified towers protect it: the Helebija tower on the northeast and the Tara tower on the southwest, called "the bridge keepers" (natively mostari). The arch of the bridge was made of local stone known as tenelija. The shape of the arch is the result of numerous irregularities produced by the deformation of the intrados (the inner line of the arch). The most accurate description would be that it is a circle of which the centre is depressed in relation to the string course. Instead of foundations, the bridge has abutments of limestone linked to wing walls along the waterside cliffs. Measuring from the summer water level of 40.05 m (131 ft 5 in), abutments are erected to a height of 6.53 metres (21 ft 5 in), from which the arch springs to its high point. The start of the arch is emphasized by a molding 0.32 metres (1 ft 1 in) in height. The rise of the arch is 12.02 metres (39 ft 5 in).

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Comments (276)

Laura Perinelli on July 8, 2013

Il bellissimo ponte ( ora rifatto ) di Mostar!!! Se visiti l'inizio della mia galleria troverai il Ponte autentico !! L'anno dopo l'hanno bombardato e mi è dispiaciuto moltissimo!!! LIKE +FV - Carissimi saluti da Italia Laura

Biplab Kumar Pal on July 12, 2013

Excellent shot & place, L258+F95, regards, Biplab.

Peter van Lom on October 9, 2013

L; If you want to proof that you are a man you dive from the bridge. Once a year there is a competition. And it is not without risk...

Antônio N. Freitas on October 10, 2013

Dear friend Haris, I really enjoyed your description about this bridge. Several times I saw these images of other photographers and it shows the quality of this historic construction so beautiful. How can man put down a wonderful work like this? Congratulations.From Brazil, Antonor.

Gori Bau on March 15, 2014

nice view of the famous bridge => LIKE => The best regards from Italy

Maria Łukowska on March 18, 2014

Fantastic view, beautiful photo of this place

like 263

Greetings and best wishes from Poland. Maria

SalinosⒸ on March 20, 2014

An imposing bridge, I know the old one. It seems to be a very long time ago.... Very beautiful photograph.

Like & FAV!

Best wishes from Bremen,

Michael ︙ Salinos ツ

Yunus Yavuz on March 21, 2014

Güzel kadraj.Güzel renkler. L+F. Türkiye'den sevgi ve selamlar.Yunus

Imréné Gyimesi on March 21, 2014

Congratulations! Nice photo!

F + L

Best regards, Esztella

Zygmunt Borowski on May 10, 2014

Nice composition photo of this famous bridge like

greetings - Zygmunt

Armando Buira on June 2, 2014

Excellent, very beautiful composition!!! YSL 99/266. My best wishes, Armando

Haris A. on June 2, 2014

Thanks :)

Nurettin Peşkircioğl… on July 10, 2014

Very nice image. Fav+Like. Greetings from Turkey, Nurettin.

Kamalakar Anthati on July 28, 2014

Excellent Engineering,Fantastic Shot,
FAVORITE+LIKE,
Greetings from India,Kamalakar.

Marco Sartori on August 22, 2014

Bel soggetto e bella foto: L. Ciao, Marco

Anton Trötscher on November 3, 2014

Hello Harris A.! An excellent photo of this old, historic bridge! I too enjoyed the accompanying explanation! Like and Fav.! Anton Trötscher

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 5, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Haris A.
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A2200
    • Taken on 2012/06/22 09:47:11
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/625)
    • Focal Length: 9.06mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO80

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