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 (278)

Elisabeth Zagorowski on July 12, 2012

Beautiful composition. Like, greetings. Ella

acusticalennon on July 12, 2012

Maravilloso lugar y foto, Like+Fav, saludos cordiales

Andreyspb on July 12, 2012

Wonderful place! L

Greetings, Andrey

MAYAAMON on July 12, 2012

LIKE. TRES BELLE PHOTO. BEST WISHES. MAYAAMON.

Raul.SG on July 12, 2012

Perfecta la luz y el encuadre de esta fotografia. Precioso el color y el punto de vista. Me gusta+Fav. Buen fin de semana y mis mejores deseos. Raul

Luis Perez on July 13, 2012

Bello registro, saludos, Luis

gio bernabei e betta on July 13, 2012

ciao, Beautiful place! like Gio and Betta

FDLEON on July 13, 2012

Wonderful picture. Greetings from Dominican Republic. Like.

dana ciszewska on July 15, 2012

I must visit this beautiful place one day.L.Cheers.Dana

Zdzisław Ignarski on July 15, 2012

Interesting clolours and compositions. I LIKE it. Best wishes , oolalaa.

7miki7 on July 15, 2012

Very nice view of the beautiful historic bridge!

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Greetings, Miki.

Luca Rigato on July 16, 2012

Fantastic bridge capture. Like

Thanh Nguyen Tran on July 16, 2012

Beautiful place. Like Krgs, nguyentran

Haris A. on July 16, 2012

Dear pano friends

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

Best wishes for all of you…

Haris

Gio on July 16, 2012

Very beautiful place and excellent shot! L+F

Petros Kalaitzis on July 16, 2012

Great! LIKE + YS. Greetings, Petros

vaso77 on July 16, 2012

Very nice, L. Greetings Vaso

Alexkarl on July 16, 2012

Wonderful old bridge excellently presented. LIKE!!!

Best wishes Alexandra & Karl-Heinz

Manek Taolin on July 16, 2012

Beautiful Bridge

Like, Fav

Greetings

Manek Taolin

Koutoudis Grigoris on July 16, 2012

BEAUTIFUL PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LIKE

MY WARM GREETINGS FROM GREECE

GRIGORIS

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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

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