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 (279)

Haris A. on July 10, 2012

Dear Friends

Thank you all for visiting my gallery and nice comments, special thanks for all like,YS…

Best wishes for all of you…Haris

Bozor Magdi on July 10, 2012

Beautiful view


Buts Yuri on July 10, 2012

Very nice view, good composition. LIKE 98! Greetings from Ukraine! Yuri.

Uckermaerker G. on July 10, 2012

Very nice view of this historic bridge! L

Best wishes,Günter.

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Ángel González Quesa… on July 10, 2012

Hola amigo Haris, excelente fotografía buena composición. Like y favorita.

Agradecido por la visita y agradable comentario a mis fotos.

Saludos y mis mejores deseos desde Mallorca, Ángel.

Cinthi@ on July 10, 2012

Lovely place & shot ....LK!...

Jörg R. on July 10, 2012

A fantastic view to the bridge !


Kind greetings , Willy

c. bayernengel on July 11, 2012

wunderschöner Brückenbau, like

halukabi on July 11, 2012


zy ko on July 11, 2012

Great compisition! L Greetings! zyko

REmiasz on July 11, 2012

Znam to miejsce, piękny kadr Starego Mostu LIKE

Martin (WPF) on July 11, 2012

Wonderful place and composition!

L & Ys

Greetings, Martin

jknaus on July 11, 2012

Wonderful deep green and light blue - great composition! LIKE+FAV, Happy Wednesday and happy summer, Joni from little rainy Finland.

Sławek K. on July 11, 2012

Amazing picture, beautiful! Ys & Like! Best regards from Ukraine.

Nguyễn Lê on July 11, 2012

Nice shot, Excellent photo & place!

I like this place!

Like 112!

Greetings from Việt Nam, Nguyễn Lê!

Dean Matthews on July 11, 2012

Very beautiful building and bridge H@ris - looks straight out of Skyrim ;)

Fabulous image

Best wishes Dean

Mehmed_ on July 11, 2012

Çok güzel, çok zarif. Tebrikler, güzel fotoğraf. like+fav. Türkiyeden Selamlar

♥ ♥ Osho Angel ♥ ♥ on July 11, 2012


hlegallais on July 12, 2012

That is the "old" new bridge!!!just a wonderful symbol!!!!like and FAVORITE, Hervé

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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