06 Feb Things to do When You Visit Mostar
Things to do when you visit Mostar
Mostar is the fifth-largest city in the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Located in the south on the Neretva River, it is the administrative center of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar, just like other Bosnian cities, is a beautiful clash of cultures, traditions, and history.
Mostar is deemed as a place of peace and coffee. Apart from that, there are certainly many attractions worth seeing while you visit Mostar. The biggest one, of course, is the Old Bridge (Stari Most) by which Mostar got his name. It has slowly integrated itself to be not only the biggest association for Mostar, but it is also the most important landmark of whole Herzegovina. It’s almost impossible to think about visit to Mostar and Herzegovina and not instinctively think about the Old Bridge.
The building of the bridge originates from the sixteenth century, ordered by sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and designed by Mimar Hayruddin, an apprentice of one of the best architects in the Ottoman Empire – Mimar Sinan. The bridge itself stood untouched for over 400 years until it was demolished in the last Balkan war in 1993.
The bridge today is an accurate UNESCO reconstruction of the original Ottoman bridge, opened to the public in 2004. It has a unique design of two steep arched sides that meet in the middle. It’s the size of four meters in width and 28 in length may not be as impressive today, however, in the Ottoman times, it had the biggest self-supporting natural stone arch at the dizzying height above the bright green Neretva river.
Mostar is a favorite tourist destination today
Today, it is a popular scenery for postcards from Bosnia, so taking a picture on the Bridge will satisfy a lot of Instagram bloggers out there. The streets on both sides are filled with souvenir shops and coffee places. All of them offer a sight on the beautiful structure. This part of the town is also called the Old City. Just like the bridge, it’s paved in white, glazed stone. It features 18th-century houses, like „Muslić’s house”. Muslic house contains authentic exponents from the lifestyle of the Bosniak people during the Ottoman reign.
The most popular coffee house here is „Bišćeva Kuća“ (Bišće’s house, also popular under the name of „Turkish house“). If you’re fortunate enough to visit Mostar in mid-summer (usually, end of July) you might even witness the traditional annual diving competition. During the competition, Mostar townsmen leap from the bridge into Neretva.
As the river underneath is cold, it is advised only for trained and skilled divers to partake in the competition. As another part of the influence of the Turkish tradition, for the price of only 6 euros, you can also visit Mehmed Pasha’s mosque. The garden of the mosque features a fountain giving it an unavoidable charm.
If you happen to stay in Mostar for multiple days, you can also take a one-day field trip to surrounding „Vrelo Bune“ (Spring of Buna) underneath a steep and tall cliff-area. Alongside the spring, you can enjoy the shadow of the forest and also eat in restaurants strategically located there.
Mostar with its surrounding nature and rich culture and history is definitely a must see when in Bosnia. Take yourself on a day tour from Sarajevo and visit this famous Bosnian landmark. Invicta Travel will make sure you take home unforgettable memories.