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)

Suleyman Oguz on July 17, 2012

A beautiful view through the lovely Mostar Bridge under a great sky. Excellent work my friend. L139+F53. Greetings from Turkey, Suleyman.

Bartolome Muñoz on July 17, 2012

Like+favorite hermoso puente, vista y gran foto.

K@rin on July 17, 2012

Hello H@ris

Beautiful angle and lovely view to this historical place, interesting to read all the info , like and *, best wishes Karin

Bassam Jayousi on July 17, 2012

Beautiful place and a great shot. L+F

Best wishes, Bassam

Dimitris Liapopoulos… on July 17, 2012

Excellent viewpoint, wonderful composition!

✰ 56 ╬ 145 ☺

Warm greetings, Dimitris

maria moncal on July 17, 2012

Beautiful bridge, and thanks for interesting information!

Thanasis Germanos on July 17, 2012

It's very nice picture and interesting information, i like it . F+L Thank you for visiting the Greece through my photos. Thanasis

sziaa on July 17, 2012

Stunning shot!


greetings: sziaa

Siger2 on July 17, 2012

Very nice shot. Bravo ! Like 148 !

Greetings from Paris - France


k. -pictures on July 18, 2012

Schönes Foto!!! | Great shot!!!

  • Gefällt mir | I Like

k. -pictures

MAPP HUDRANS on July 18, 2012

Beautiful view of the nice place, wonderful photo, YSL! :)

Best wishes, Magdalena

Krystyna Koch on July 18, 2012

This bridge is soo beautiful and your photo too:)

L * F Best wishes from Gliwice, Poland, Krystyna.

Dida from Augsburg on July 18, 2012

Wonderful place and composition - Like!

Greetings, Dida

Борис Кръстев on July 18, 2012

Crime is to tear down those old bridges, the history of dadev (of the country. Wonderful it is restored!

Lancil8 on July 18, 2012

Peace in the world... Great picture! L154 + F60! Ciao dall'Italia, Lancil8.

Daniel.Bisson on July 19, 2012

Great photo and excellent composition, Like 155 !

Greetings from Canada, Daniel.

Adorjáni Attila on July 19, 2012

Beautiful photo! Like 156! Greetings, Attila

Enrico Pighetti on July 19, 2012

Il celebre ponte di Mostar. Gran bella ripresa, Haris. Like

Sylvain Pichette on July 19, 2012

A wonderful place with a beautiful composition, H@ris!


Greetings from the Mauricie, MonPiche

Passator Cortese PH on July 20, 2012

Fantastic old bridge! Very besutiful photo!

Like 159 + Fav 62!

Best wishes from Italy, Francesco.

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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