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  • DOSSIERS Inauguration of Mostar Bridge

    Date of construction: 1566

    Mimar Hajruddin, a disciple of Sinan, the father of classic Ottoman architecture.

    A single humpbacked arch with an opening of 27 meters. The bridge was four meters wide and 30 meters long, standing 20 meters above the maximum water level in the Neretva River in summer.

    Stari Most was made of 456 white stone blocks, held together thanks to a system of cramps and dowels. The bridge was flanked by two fortified towers, the Halebija Tower on the right bank and the Tara Tower on the left bank.

    Reconstruction project:
    Cost: US $15.4 million, financed via a loan from the World Bank (US $4 million), along with grants from Italy, the Netherlands, Croatia and Turkey. The European Union and the Government of France provided technical assistance.

    Photo: © UNESCO/Robert Chériez (1965)
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    Publication Year 2004



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