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)

stefano.m - on August 19, 2012

famous historical bridge lk


Hossein Kia on August 20, 2012

G R E A T S H O T . . .! LIKE , Greetings ,Hossein

eric-bretagne-29 on August 22, 2012

exceptionnelle de beauté
regards eric

pepeljuga1 on August 29, 2012

prelepa slika.. koja budi nostalgiju..


Pozdrav, Tanja

ESTITXU Bilbao on August 30, 2012

Very famous and interesting bridge , like friendly greetings ESTITXU.

Pepe Balsas on August 31, 2012


Like 224

Saludos cordiales.

© Paolo Bonassin on September 2, 2012

E' una foto molto interessante,mi piace LIKE225 , Un saluto Paolo

volnat on September 6, 2012

Wonderful place! LIKE! Best wishes, Volnat.

文铁樵 on September 11, 2012


Feitse Boerwinkel on October 1, 2012


Haris A. on October 5, 2012

Dear friends....

Thank you all for visiting my gallery and nice comments,I'm glad a lot, special thanks for all like,YS…

Best wishes...Haris

AJ30 on October 21, 2012

Beautiful view of this impressive stone bridge, very nice architecture, LIKE. Kind regards.

Zygmunt Borowski on October 22, 2012

"New Old Bridge". How many shots he lived to see?

Best greetings from Poland, Zygmunt

Dezso Biczo © on October 23, 2012

Oh Mostar - beautiful, must see this one


With friendly greetings, Dezső   

Ladislav Remšík on October 23, 2012

Amazing shot.LIKE + F Ladislav

Elemér on October 23, 2012

Beautiful photo composed well! L


Maryan Melnyk on November 1, 2012

Impressive bridge!!! Like!

Greetings, Maryan

Ilie Olar on November 8, 2012

Very nice bridge! Ysl!

Greetings from Romania, Ilie

Dido Panizzon on November 8, 2012

Very nice shot! LK

Ciao, dido.

Ulli Koch on November 18, 2012

Fantastic view of the beautiful bridge!

Best Regards


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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