Go Travel and See Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Let’s go travel and see the world again. I guess, it is time to  give you some  updates  from my recent travels.  It seems that I am away here for sometime and  I apologize for that.  I am  just so busy  with so many things at the moment. What can you expect of a  wanderlust  like me who is having a full time job plus the many offline and online tasks  that I need to  finish everyday.  What a life indeed but I  would say, I am making the most of it and I am happy.

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The Stari Most or The Old Bridge. It was originally built by the Turks in 1566 and it was destroyed in 1993. It was rebuilt in 2004.  The bridge is the highlight of Mostar and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bridge is 21m high and spanned over  Neretva River.

I have so many things to share from my recent travels in the Balkans this year.  I would slowly  like  to  share it to you one at a time.  I believed,  that round trip in the Balkan Peninsula  is one of the many highlights  of my  travels this year.   For this year 2015,  I visited  10 countries so far,  inspite  having a full time job and so far 48 countries, all in all. Visiting one place or country at a time makes me happy and contented. I hope one day, I can travel the world full time and  I am working for it right now. …hopefully in 5-6 years.

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The Old Town with its shops where you can buy goods and souvenirs. I am happy to buy some postcards, fridge magnets and other souvenirs here.

Today, I would love to share about Mostar.  It was the fifth day of our tour in the Balkans. I previously posted the  itinerary of the trip  here. It was quite a long 4 hours  trip from our hotel in Neum, considering road and the check-ups  and controly while  passing  the borders of Croatia and back again to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Thanks to our very good driver Amir, who always drove  us safe to all our destinations. You did a great job!

I thought, I can only read and see photos of Mostar  in books or see it in the internet but then finally, I was there. It is already taken off in my bucketlist but if I have the chance to visit it again, why not?  Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city was the most heavily bombed  during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of Yugoslavia.  Many  important and historic architectures and buildings  including the  cultural and spiritual icon,  Stari Most or the  Old Bridge were destroyed. I am thankful that it was restored to its former beauty.  Thanks to all people and the international community who helped in rebuilding it especially the famous Ottoman-style bridge which spanned the Neretva river,  in what is considered the historic center of the city.  This formerly war-torn city is now a lively and beautiful destination once again, particularly the area within and around the old town.

 

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The Old Bridge stairs leading to the Old Bridge Museum.

The weather was cloudy  that time but I am thankful that the rain did not  pour until we left Mostar with little raindrops.  We were only  given two and half hours to explore the city. It was quite a short time because  we need to continue our journey  to Sarajevo, Bosnia’s  capital and largest city.

If you are visiting Mostar, don’t miss to see these sights;

  • The Stari Most or Old Bridge
  • Koski Mehmed Pasina Dzamija (Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque)
  • Old Bridge Museum, located near the bridge
  • Karadozbegova Dzamija (Karadjoz-Bey Mosque)
  • Hum, the (Large Cross on Hill. (No chance to go there due to limited time but saw it from afar.)
  • Karadozbegova Dzamija (Karadjoz-Bey Mosque),  in the Old town, a  modest Ottoman mosque built in 1557.
  • Muslibegovica House, considered as the most beautiful house from Ottoman period in the Balkans

There are still some  sights to see but so far, these are the ones  to be experienced the most. One thing, I would like to witness  in Mostar is to see  locals dive off the Old Bridge. I guess, we don’t have enough luck to watch it that time.

If you are visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina, don’t miss to visit Mostar,  formerly one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country.

 
 

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