Mostar bridge was destroyed by Croatians 21 years ago: the giant stones were buried in the water of the Neretva river. The destruction of the bridge symbolized the rejection of Mostar's multicultural heritage.
Mostar Bridge, located on the Neretva River in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was built in 1566 by Mimar Hayrettin, a student of Mimar Sinan. The bridge that connects the Bosniak and Croatian parts of the city has become a symbol of cultural tolerance. This was one of the reasons why the Croatian artillery targeted the Mostar Bridge during the Bosnian war.
Mostar city had joined the Ottoman lands during the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. On the Neretva river there was a wooden bridge and the Fatih bridge had been repaired. In the 1993, the historical Mostar Bridge, which was destroyed by Croatian artillery, was built by Mimar Hayrettin, the student of Mimar Sinan. 4 meter width, 30 meter length and 24 meter for the bridge height 456 mold stone was used.
The construction of the bridge has made Mostar the most important center of the region of Herzegovina. The bridge that gave the city its name and the commercialization has become a center of cultural and sporting entertainment. The bridge was a place where young people jumped into the river from the Ottoman times and showed their courage. Two small castles on both sides of the bridge were built by Suleiman the Magnificent. Again on the left side of the bridge during the period of Selim II. Until 1878, muezzins read the call to prayer over the bridge.
The Mostar Bridge has attracted the attention of travelers and researchers for centuries. The French traveler A.Poullet, who visited the Mostara in 1658, would describe the Mostar Bridge as ar an inexcusable bold work X. Evliya Çelebi was one of those who praised the bridge very much. Chalabi had visited sixteen countries until that day, but did not see such a high bridge. The architect Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi, who summarizes the Mostar Bridge in the best way, says: ilen This bridge is not made of stone with the composition of architectural genius but it has gained a legendary mana and soul as if it came into existence as a body of imagination. "
Hans Joachin Kissling commented on the bridge's superior art features: de It is no longer a symbol that can be seen as a metaphor of the Sırat bridge on the Day of Judgment and a visible and visible symbol. Gün
For centuries, the symbol of tolerance and cultural diversity, the city of Mostar literally the soul of this historic bridge in the first major attack was organized by the Serbs in 1992. In May 1993, the Croatian forces targeted the historic bridge.
The 9 1993 bridge, which could not withstand the shooting of Croatian troops, suffered a great deal of damage and was destroyed. The giant stones were buried in the water of the Neretva river. The destruction of the bridge symbolized the rejection of Mostar's multicultural heritage.
The historic stone bridge was destroyed by a wooden bridge with a makeshift wooden bridge. The works for the reconstruction of the bridge in a genuine way began with the support of UNESCO and World Bank in 1997. Some of the original stones buried in the river Nevarta were removed. Some of these stones were used in the construction of the bridge. The construction of the bridge was undertaken by a Turkish company. Also found in Turkey 1 million dollars aid for the construction of the bridge. The reconstructed bridge was opened by the British Prince 23 on the date of July 2004 with the attendance of representatives of many states. 2005 was also included in the World Heritage List.