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Mostar.

City of the Bridge Keepers.

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The Stari Most - Old Bridge.

Mostar.

We travelled to Mostar by bus from Sarajevo. One of the guys in our pension in Sarajevo told us Mostar was the hottest place in Bosnia Herzegovina. It certainly felt like it on the walk to our accommodation. It was around 3pm and the stones of the roads and buildings seemed to be giving out heat. It was not a long walk but we arrived overheated and exhausted.

Apartments Konak: Excellent Location.

We stayed just one night in the Apartments Konak but wished we had booked longer. We walked to the apartments from the bus station. Exit the bus station onto Marsala Tita. Facing towards the river, go left and walk straight for around 15 minutes. The apartments are very close to the old bridge area. They are well signposted. The room we were given was spotlessly clean. It had a comfortable living-room with an excellent and very welcome air conditioner. There was a kitchen area with cooker, sink, fridge and all the crockery, cutlery etc you need to cook for yourself. The bedroom had two single beds. Mine was fine. My husband's was a bit creaky. The bathroom was clean and the shower had plenty of hot water. A father and daughter ran the apartments. They were both helpful and friendly. The daughter spoke good English. There were free maps and tourist information leaflets available by the entrance. The location of the apartments was excellent; very close to the main sights, restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets. Despite being central it was lovely and quiet at night. We really enjoyed our stay here and would happily stay here again. Address: Marsala Tita 125, Mostar, 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

When we had cooled down and recovered a bit, we set out to explore Mostar. On our walk along Marsala Tita from the bus station to our accommodation we had passed many, many bombed and burnt out buildings. When we reached the area with the old bridge, everything was pristine and repaired. I actually found the contrast really disturbing. It was like wandering through Hell and suddenly arriving in Fairyland. Mostar was a confusing place.

We had been given a map of Mostar at our accommodation with 13 sights marked on it. We decided to wander round trying to see all of these. They were quite widely dispersed. I actually only began to like Mostar when we wandered into a park, not one of our sights, and found a Bruce Lee statue in it. The feeling of disorientation began to leave me and I began to enjoy the beauty of the town.

Stari Most - The Old Bridge.

This beautiful bridge gives the town its name. It must have been absolutely devastating when it was destroyed in the war. Mostar suffered so much, but this must have felt like having its heart ripped out. The bridge is now beautifully restored and in tip-top condition. It's very steep and very slippy and difficult to walk on. On both sides of the bridge there are old Turkish areas filled with beautiful craft shops. From the bridge there are spectacular views over town. There is a very good view of the bridge from the Old Turkish Area and also from the garden of Koski Mehmed Pasha's Mosque. I wandered into the grounds of this mosque and took lots of pictures of the view around 7pm on our first evening. We returned next day to find you had to pay an entrance fee to get to this viewing point. I think they only charge this while all the day-trippers are in town. The bridge was originally built across the Neretva River in 1556. It took 9 years to build. It was totally destroyed by bombs in 1993 and has now been completely restored. A diving competition takes place here each year.

Stari Most - The Old Bridge.

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Beautiful River Scenery.

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Stari Most - The Old Bridge.

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Stari Most at Night.

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Stari Most - The Old Bridge.

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Stari Most Swimming Area.

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Stari Most - The Old Bridge.

View from a bridge.

There are wonderful views from the old bridge. On one side you look over a mosque and the Old Turkish part of town. On the other side you look towards another bridge and over an area where people swim in the river. I would have loved to go for swim in there, too, but time was against us. Spectacular.

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View from a bridge.

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View from a bridge.

Kujundziluk - Old Turkish Area.

This area is around the old bridge. Most of it has been beautifully restored. It has wonderful craft shops and restaurants and is a really pretty area for a stroll.

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Kujundziluk - Old Turkish Area.

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Kujundziluk - Old Turkish Area.

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Kujundziluk - Old Turkish Area.

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Kujundziluk - Old Turkish Area.

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Kujundziluk - Old Turkish Area.

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Kujundziluk - Old Turkish Area.

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Kujundziluk - Old Turkish Area.

The Crooked Bridge - Kriva Cuprija.

This lovely bridge is near the Old Bridge. It has a similar style but is much smaller. It is located in a lovely setting and spans a branch of the Radobolja River.

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The Crooked Bridge - Kriva Cuprija.

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The Crooked Bridge - Kriva Cuprija.

Franciscan Monastery.

We were on a mission to see all the sights marked on our map and this was one of them. It had such a tall tower we could never fit it in in a shot unless we were really far from it. It was peaceful inside and I loved their dress code sign on the door. Please tell me no-one would consider going to church like that. The Franciscan Monastery is also known as the Catholic Church. You can see its steeple all over town. The Franciscan Monastery is located on Franjevacka near Bulevar.

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Franciscan Monastery.

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Franciscan Monastery.

Cultural Centre Herceg Stjepan Kosaca.

This was marked on our map so we had a look. There were some statues outside and a little cafe where we stopped for a cool refreshing drink. They hold exhibitions here. We enjoyed the refreshments in the cafe.

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Cultural Centre Herceg Stjepan Kosaca.

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Cultural Centre Herceg Stjepan Kosaca.

The Bishop's Residence And Catholic Cathedral.

The Bishop's Residence was on our map as a sight, so we went to have a look. It was quite a nice building but more interesting was the futuristic looking Catholic Cathedral across the road from it which was not even marked on our map. The Bishop's Residence dates from 1906. These are located on Biskupa Cule.

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The Bishop's Residence And Catholic Cathedral.

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The Bishop's Residence And Catholic Cathedral.

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The Bishop's Residence And Catholic Cathedral.

Parks.

Back near the cultural centre there was a pleasant park located between Nikole Subica Srinjskog and Kralja Tvrtka. This was not marked on our map as a sight but it was pleasant for a stroll or a seat. Then right in the middle of it we found a statue of Bruce Lee. We were pleasantly surprised by this since we live in Hong Kong and used to live next door to an actress who was his former girlfriend. The other thing we liked about the park was near one exit it had been very creatively graffittied and this continued in a bombed out building just across the street.

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Parks.

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Parks.

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Parks.

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Parks.

Bombed Out Building On Kralja Zvonimira.

Near the exit to the park there was a bombed out building filled with discarded bottles and rubbish but covered with really beautiful graffiti. We had a look but did not venture inside as it is dangerous.

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Bombed Out Building On Kralja Zvonimira.

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Bombed Out Building On Kralja Zvonimira.

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Bombed Out Building On Kralja Zvonimira.

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Bombed Out Building On Kralja Zvonimira.

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Bombed Out Building On Kralja Zvonimira.

Grammar School.

This beautiful building was surrounded by burnt out buildings. It is a grammar school in pseudo-Moorish style and dates from 1898. It was built by Franz Blasek. It is located at the junction of Bulevar and Kralja Zvonimira. From here we continued down Mostarskog Bataljona to the Bristol Hotel and a bridge with good views over the river.

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Grammar School.

Karadozbegova Mosque.

This lovely mosque is located on Brace Fejica. My photo does not do it justice as it was hard to fit it all in. There were beautiful well kept graveyards around it, too. This mosque was built in 1557 by Mehmed beg - Karadoz a great legislator

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Karadozbegova Mosque.

Biscevic's House.

This house was built in 1635. It dates from Ottoman times. Nowadays it houses a private ethnography collection. It was closed when we visited but we looked at the famous bit that juts out over the Neretva River supported by tall columns.

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Biscevic's House.

Koski Mehmed Pasha's Mosque.

This mosque has some stalls in its grounds. There are great views of the Old Bridge from the gardens here. Apparently you can also climb up the minaret for views - though we did not. This mosque was built in 1617.

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Stalls in the grounds.

Koski Mehmed Pasha's Mosque.

Clock Tower.

The old clock tower is located on Bajatova. It is known to predate 1636, but its ts exact date is unknown. It's near a lovely mosque that I do not know the name of. Worth a look if you are in the area.

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Clock Tower.

Hilltop Cemetery.

We were looking for the Old Orthodox Church and went the wrong way and ended up in this stunning Christian cemetery with spectacular views over Mostar. The cemetery was well-kept, colourful and very peaceful.

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Hilltop Cemetery.

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Hilltop Cemetery.

The Old Orthodox Church.

This was hard to find and when we eventually found it it was closed. We headed up the hill past the old clock tower, passed under a motorway and then should have climbed some stairs behind a fence next to some bombed out buildings. The church is behind the bombed buildings. We only found it because we could see it from the cemetery I just wrote about. The church dates from 1833 and is supposed to contain wonderful icons.

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The Old Orthodox Church.

Supermarkets.

We were delighted to find Mostar absolutely full of supermarkets and little bakeries excellent for snacks and cold drinks. After our long long day of sightseeing in the burning sun, we were too exhausted to eat out plus we wanted to be in the dark and cool. Since we had our own living-room/kitchen/dining-room the supermarket was the best place to purchase all we needed for a pleasant night in.

Bombed Buildings.

Sadly you will see bombed out buildings all over Mostar. You must not go inside any as they are dangerous. There may be unexploded devices inside. Parts of the building may be unstable and could fall down. They are a poignant reminder of the horrors that took place here.

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Burnt Out Bombed Buildings.

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Burnt Out Bombed Buildings.

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Burnt Out Bombed Buildings.

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Burnt Out Bombed Buildings.

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Burnt Out Bombed Buildings.

Transportation: Bus To Dubrovnik.

We booked a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik.It is quite a frequent service. Please note you must pay 1 Euro or 1 KM per item of luggage you put in the boot of a Bosnian bus. The bus was comfortable and air-conditioned. It did, however, take a long time to go through customs/passport control. On route you exit Bosnia, enter Croatia; then when you hit Neum exit Croatia and re-enter Bosnia. Then after Neum exit Bosnia and re-enter Croatia. Passports are checked each time. The scenery especially the coastal scenery was lovely. The bus cost 32 KM (16 Euros). It took 4 hours due to delays at customs.

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Transportation: Bus To Dubrovnik.

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Transportation: Bus To Dubrovnik.

Posted by irenevt 04:03 Archived in Bosnia And Herzegovina

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