: Old Bridge
) is a 16th century Ottoman bridge
in the city of Mostar
, Bosnia and Herzegovina
that crosses the river Neretva
and connects two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on November 9, 1993 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 bridge spans the Neretva river in the old town of Mostar, the city to which it gave the name. The city is the fourth-largest in the country; it is the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton
of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
, and the unofficial capital of Herzegovina
The Stari Most is hump-backed, wide and long, and dominates the river from a height of . Two fortified towers protect it: the Helebija tower on the northeast and the Tara tower on the southwest, called "the bridge keepers" (natively mostari
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 , abutments are erected to a height of , from which... Read More