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Mostar and Pocitelj Ottoman legacy

Mostar
When Stari Most, or Old Bridge, collapsed from tank shelling in 1993. it was like the heart was ripped out of most Mostar natives.
Even mentioning the bridge for years after it fell to the bottom of Neretva River could invoke tears as it symbolized both the city and the country as a whole. Now, more than a decade later, the beautiful stone structure that had spanned Neretva River for over four centuries once again arches across its raging waters. The bridge is the heart of Mostar and its reconstruction means that life is slowly but surely returning to normal in what is most certainly the most beautiful city in Bosnia and Herzegovina



Pocitelj UNESCO heritage

A great D-tour on your way to the coast or to Hutovo blato, this quaint oriental-style town is located about half an hour's drive from Mostar, less than 30 km south on the M-17 road towards the Adriatic.
This unique settlement, listed as a UNESCO heritage site and recent reconstruction has returned the town to its original form. It was first mentioned in 1444. but some documents show that it was built in the late 14th century upon the order of the Bosnian King Tvrtko. Besides its stunning oriental architecture and Ottoman feel, Pocitelj hosts the longest operating art colony in southeast Europe.
Artists from around the world gather here to paint, among other things but importantly, the shiny red pomegranates and figs that grow in abundance on the hills of Pocitelj.
The Hadzi-Alija Mosque has been reconstructed as well as the Sisman-Ibrahimpasina Medresa (School) and Gavrankapetanovica Kuca (House), all of which are open to visitors. The most striking object in Pocitelj is Sahat-kula (Clock Tower), a silo-shaped fort that towers from the top of the hill above the town. It housed watchmen and military to guard against possible invasion from Neretva Valley.

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