Bos­ni­ans mark an­niver­sary of Mostar Bridge de­struc­tion

Daily Messenger - - International -

BEL­GRADE: De­spite the po­lit­i­cal divi­sion, eco­nomic prob­lems or cor­rup­tion in Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, the de­struc­tion of Old Bridge in Mostar re­vives heart­break­ing mem­o­ries ev­ery year at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber.

Mostar Bridge, or the Old Bridge, is the gem of both the Balkans and Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina --etched on the hearts of its lo­cals and vis­i­tors with its stun­ning his­tor­i­cal ap­pear­ance and the Neretva river which lays un­der­neath.

25 years ago on Nov. 9, at

10.16 a.m., the Old Bridge came un­der heavy fire by the Croat forces.

Since its was re­con­structed in 2004, ev­ery year Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina marks the an­niver­sary of its de­struc­tion.

Apart from be­ing a tourist at­trac­tion, the bridge sig­nif­i­cantly mir­rors the his­tory of the re­gion. In fact, Mostar city is mostly known for its iconic Old Bridge that con­nects the east and west of the city, con­structed along­side the Neretva River.

The Old Bridge was built be­tween 1557 and 1566 af­ter the cit­i­zens of Mostar re­quested the Ot­toman Em­pire's Sul­tan Suleiman the Mag­nif­i­cent.

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