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Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Mostar
Excursions
Cycling: Ciro's railroad trail, Trebinje
The Historic "Ciro" Railroad Trail, built between 1898 and 1901, started from Mostar, alongside the Neretva river, before to cross th...
MTB: Vran mountain
Surely, this is one of the most beautiful tours in Blidinje Nature Park! Why? Because it is possible to take any medium-sized fitness...
Visit: Cave Bijambare
Distance from Sarajevo is 40 km.

By car: From the direction of Sarajevo, take the road M-18 for Tuzla. Entrance to the are...
Visit: Lukomir mountain village
First let me start by introducing this little mountaintop dwelling properly. It’s about an hour and a half from Sarajevo on Bjelasnica Mou...
Cycling: Ciro's railroad trail, mouth of Neretva
The Historic Railroad Trail with steam locomotives passes from Mostar alongside Neretva river all the way across the border with Croa...
Cycling: Ciro's railroad trail, Herzegovina hilly karst
The Historic Railroad Trail with steam locomotives passes from Mostar alongside Neretva river all the way across the border with Croa...
Trip: Popovo Land
Sleeping ‘ravels’

The road of „Popovo polje“, parallel to the old railway

After the breakfast, we leave...
Cycling: Ciro's railroad trail, Dubrovnik's hinterland
The Historic Railroad Trail with steam locomotives passes from Mostar alongside Neretva river all the way across the border with Croa...
Total excursions:
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Mostar is a city and municipality in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inhabited by 113,169 people, it is one of the most important cities in the Herzegovina region, its cultural capital, and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation.

Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (natively: mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

 
Mostar: What to do / What to see?
Mostarian night from past
Turk house
Old bridge
Restaurant Labirint
Restaurant Sadrvan
 

History

Human settlements on the river Neretva, between the Hum Hill and the Velež Mountain, have existed since prehistory, as witnessed by discoveries of fortified enceintes and cemeteries. Evidence of Roman occupation was discovered beneath the present town. s far as medieval Mostar goes, although the Christian basilicas of late antiquity remained in use, few historical sources were preserved and not much is known about this period. The name of Mostar was first mentioned in a document dating from 1474, taking its name from the bridge-keepers (mostari); this refers to the existence of a wooden bridge from the market on the left bank of the river which was used by traders, soldiers, and other travelers.
In 1468 Mostar came under Ottoman rule and the urbanization of the settlement began. Following the unwritten oriental rule, the town was organized into two distinct areas: čaršija, the crafts and commercial centre of the settlement, and mahala or a residential area. In 1468 Mostar acquired the name Köprühisar, meaning fortress at the bridge, at the centre of which was a cluster of 15 houses.

The town was fortified between the years 1520 and 1566, and the wooden bridge was rebuilt in stone. The stone bridge, the Old Bridge (Stari Most), was erected in 1566 on the orders of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman ruler. Later becoming the city's symbol, the Old Bridge (Stari Most) is one of the most important structures of the Ottoman era and perhaps Bosnia's most recognizable architectural piece, and was designed by Mimar Hayruddin, a student and apprentice of the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. In the late 16th century, Mostar was the chief administrative city for the Ottoman Empire in the Herzegovina region.
 
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Sports and recreation

One of the most popular sports in Mostar is football. The two most successful teams are FK Velež Mostar and Zrinjski. FK Velež Mostar won the Yugoslav cup in 1981 and 1986 which was one of the most significant accomplishments this club has achieved. Today two teams from Mostar compete in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bijeli Brijeg Stadium (former stadium of FK Velež) and Vrapčići Stadium are the city's two main football grounds.

In basketball, HKK Zrinjski Mostar competes at the nation's highest level while the Zrinjski banner also represents the city in the top handball league. Vahid Halilhodžić, a former Bosnian football player started his professional career in FK Velež Mostar.
 
 

Indulgence and fun

Mostar is an important tourist destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar International Airport serves the city as well as the train and bus stations which connect it to a number of national and international destinations. Mostar's old town is an important tourist destination with the Stari Most being its most recognizable feature. Through combined efforts with the international community, rebuilding of The Old Bridge was completed in 2004, almost 11 years after its destruction, using some of its original pieces recovered from the Neretva river.

 
 
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