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Mostar

Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Position

The city of Mostar, capital of Heregovina, is located approximately 100 km south of Sarajevo (federal capital), roughly 40 km from the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and 50 km from the Adriatic Sea. The city of Mostar is located on the banks of the Neretva River, between the heights of the village of Hum and the slopes of Mount Velež.


History

Occupied since prehistoric times, the necropolises attesting this, Mostar welcomed the Romans, aware of the strategic and commercial possibilities of this place, of the vestiges of this era found under the present City. At the end of Antiquity, Christian basilicas were built there and again in the Middle Ages this Christian presence was permanent. In 1470, it was conquered by the Ottomans, its current name appearing in 1474, in reference to the guardians of the bridge spanning the Neretva river, the Mostari, this bridge promoting the development of trade. From 1475, a first Muslim quarter (known as "mahala"), with mosques and baths, was established by the river, north of this crossing point. The nucleus of the Muslim town is formed on either side of the stone bridge built in 1566. Chief town of an Ottoman province, in the 19th century, Mostar, as well as the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, comes under administration Austro-Hungarian experiencing a new economic and urban development, facilitated by the construction of a railway line, built in 1888 and 1892 connecting Sarajevo to Dubrovnik ... Go back in time until 1918, note that the City was annexed to the Kingdom of Croats, Serbs and Slovenes, the future Yugoslavia, until the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on March 1, 1992 which did not prevent the Croatian army from bombing the "Stari Most "(Old Bridge) on November 9, 1993, a bridge which connects the two banks of a City having preserved its medieval aspect, could be reconstructed in the old way using the stones fallen in the course of the Neretva, thanks to the UNESCO support in 2004.
Sign of the times, with the development of tourism; in 2017, onlyCROATIA made it possible to transform the 220 km separating by rail Mostar to Dubrovnik into a ravel. This old railway line is therefore now exclusively reserved for cyclists ...

Mostar: What to do / What to see?

 
 
 

Indulgence and fun

Great lovers of grilled meats, the locals are delighted to eat "ćevapčićis" which are a kind of elongated lamb and beef dumplings which are generally eaten in a "lepinja": traditional bun served with sliced ​​onions, the "suho meso": dried meat, the "sogan dolma": fried onion stuffed with meat, the "filovane paprike": stuffed pepper, the "jabrak": stuffed cabbage, the "bosanski ionac": beef stew and good food other ... As for desserts, we mainly serve "bakllavas" as in Turkey, Turkish coffee and "rakı" brandy distilled with grapes or apple, even "slivovica", good known dry alcohol with plums, which can be served during a coffee break.

Sports and recreation

The Neretva allows nearby kayaking and rafting, team sports such as football, basketball, volleyball and handball which are very popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina in addition, an international tennis tournament has been organized there since 2016.