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Bosnia and Herzegovina-02232 - Old Bridge

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Stari Most (Old Bridge) is a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge that crosses the Neretva river. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Bosnian Croat forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. The rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004.


One of the country's most recognizable landmarks, it is also considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.


The Old Bridge is hump-backed, 4 metres (13 ft 1 in) wide and 30 metres (98 ft 5 in) long, and dominates the river from a height of 24 m (78 ft 9 in). Two fortified towers protect it: the Helebija tower on the northeast and the Tara tower on the southwest, called "the bridge keepers".


It is traditional for young men to leap from the bridge into the Neretva. This is a very risky feat and only the most skilled and best trained divers will attempt it. It dates back to the time the bridge was built, but the first recorded instance of someone diving off the bridge is from 1664.

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Taken on June 9, 2013