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 (275)

◄Pist@bácsi► on July 25, 2012

Nice photo. L.

Isse on July 25, 2012

Great shot!


Greetings, IC

kofemord on July 25, 2012

wow amzing bridge LIKE

Cesar Bordón V. on July 26, 2012

Spectacular shot! - LIKE - Greetings from Paraguay! - Cesar

Rol/Photo/Alsace on July 26, 2012

I know Mostar

I went camping

in the years 1970

Very nice photo..and good architecture


Amitiés, roland

Andrzej Brudziński..… on July 26, 2012

Very nice photo!Like189.Greetings Andrzej

feldt on July 26, 2012

..wunderschön, dieser Blick auf und durch diese alte Brücke..!! like+*..LG Henny

---=XEON=--- on July 27, 2012

Interesting and also beautiful hight bridge and also beautiful shot and composition, my like and golden star, thanks you

kurt Oblak on July 27, 2012

Hervorragend gestaltet,like 192,gruß KURT

Andrei Matusov on July 27, 2012

Very beautiful view!!! super!!!


soil sister on July 28, 2012

Beautiful, I like how you framed the city/like and fav.

Haris A. on July 29, 2012


Thank you for visiting my gallery and nice comments, thank you for LIKE, YS

Best wishes to all of you... Haris

Ovidiu Anca on July 30, 2012

Very good angle! LIKE. Regards!

Владислав П on July 30, 2012

Interesting story, good photo. Like+fav

Siegfried Koegler on July 30, 2012


Gaudenzio Ghilardi on July 30, 2012

Bellissima l'architettura delle case e del ponte, il colore dell'acqua è stupendo. --like-- Grazie per la visita e il commento. Ciao. Gaudenzio - Italia

amadeus2050 on July 30, 2012

Beautiful bridge with an interesting history. LIKE. Best wishes.


Rikimer on July 31, 2012

Perfect in every respect, h@ris! Like 200 + YS 73! Have a nice day, Willi

photosofghosts on July 31, 2012

An other wonderful image of the bridge, with soft tunes .... good deepness .... LIKE !
Haris, many thanks for your visit and comments in my gallery !
Friendly wishes

wilma1812 on July 31, 2012

I like this…’s very beautiful! Kind regards, Wilma

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 5, 2012
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    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