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)

Haris A. on July 20, 2012

Dear pano friends

Thank you for visiting my gallery and nice comments

Best wishes


Mehmet baş on July 20, 2012

Very beautiful shot, like+Favorite, greetings.

Angelofruhr on July 20, 2012

Very nice pic of that famous brigde of Mostar, Haris! Like

Greetings from the Atlantic coast, Angelika

Jean Van Jean on July 21, 2012

"Wonderful scenery. Beautiful Bridge". F67+L167. Congratulations and warm greetings from Vanuatu. Best Regards. Jean.

Darjo on July 21, 2012

Lep pogled na ta prelep biser!


(jaz nisem imel sreče, ko sem bil v Mostarju, saj je bil most in obala Neretve poln ljudi in posledično fotka ne deluje tako naravno)

pozdrav iz Slovenije, Darjo

Voar Alto on July 21, 2012

Great photo.LK:Eduardo.

AndyUrbina on July 21, 2012

Hermoso escenario, buen encuadre, suman las nubes.Like, Saludos cordiales, Andy

keepclicking on July 22, 2012

I've always admired the view of this bridge. Nice capture.

Bedri Akçay on July 22, 2012

very nice composition and beautiful shot, Like

Maziyar Heydari on July 22, 2012

Fantastic Bridge LIKE

Haris A. on July 22, 2012


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

Best wishes to all of you... Haris

Sunriser © on July 23, 2012

An very interesting picture.


Best wishes from Brazil!

digitaaal on July 23, 2012

Very beautiful picture & Excellent photography


Best wishes, Pista

Luis Perez on July 24, 2012

Hermoso retrato, saludos, Luis

Mikepaul on July 24, 2012

Nice composition with beautiful sky, soft colors and reflations. YSL. Mike.

Rafl on July 24, 2012

ILIKE for storic bridge! rafl

Stathis Chionidis on July 24, 2012

Fantastic place, great shot my friend,LIKE.Stathis

Excellent photo, very nice view! Like!

Don Z on July 25, 2012

Hello Haris!

Very nice photo!

♦♦♦ LIKE 180 ♦♦♦

Greetings, Don Z

>| Micha |< on July 25, 2012

Hello haris,

great view to this historic bridge. 'like'

Best wishes Micha

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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