Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

Considering the fact that the Kingdom of Bosnia was under Ottoman rule from 1463 until 1878, it’s no wonder why many cities at modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina maintain plenty of buildings which were made by the Ottomans, after their design.

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

Stari Most – Mostar

An important part of Ottoman legacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina is most of them built between the 16th and 15th centuries, the Ottoman bridges. These bridges have been notable because of their massive pillars, pointed arches, cornices, buttresses, and the circular and polygonal openings.

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

Old Stone Bridge — Konjic

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

In words, the Ottoman bridges in Bosnia and Herzegovina are masterpieces that are authentic. Here would be the most Ottoman bridges which visitors could admire during a trip.

Arslanagi?

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

bridge — Trebinje

Stari Most (the Old Bridge) is now an icon for the town of Mostar and, as a matter of fact, for the entire country. Presently it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

Mehmed Paša Sokolovi?

Bridge — Visegrad

Stari Most is a sign of tolerance and also a reminder that while the Bosnian War, peace between individuals of Mostar is possible. The bridge was completely destroyed during the war, but the citizens of Mostar was able to proceed, to obtain the equilibrium that was much needed to dwell in stability, and to reconstruct the famed Stari Most.

BONUS: Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija) — Mostar

Stari Most bridge spans the Neretva river to be able to substitute a wooden suspension bridge and it had been built in 1557, in the dictates of Suleiman the Magnificient. The structure was finalized and broke the record to the widest man-made arch at that time, on the planet.

Stari Most was ruined on November 9th, 1993, however, it was rebuilt between 2001 and 2004 with bits of the bridge being integrated into the structure. It’s guarded by 2 mechanics: Helebija and Tara Towers, that are known as”mostari” (the bridge keepers).

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

Since this bridge is the most visited attraction around it, in city you are able to find cafes, restaurants, souvenir stores, and art galleries. If you’re lucky you can view among the divers of Mostar jumping into the freezing river beneath — an annual convention here since 1968.

Suggestion: you’ll need to pay up, if you want to find a diver jump. These are specialist divers that charge 25 euros per leap. The ideal location to observe the sailors is by the cafe across the north side of this bridge, as you can see in the photograph above.

Learn more about this bridge by seeing with the Old Bridge Museum located in the side of Stari Most.

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

The city of Konjic is dominated by this beautiful six-arched Ottoman bridge initially constructed between 1683 and 1682. The Old Stone Bridge was among the monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

Regrettably Roman troops destroyed it. The authorities began in 2004 and funded its reconstruction. The new Old Stone Bridge was inaugurated on May 23rd, 2009.

The views which may be recorded from that bridge are amazing and the Old Stone Bridge is again.

Suggestion: If your starting your journey you will be driving to Mostar or flying. Should you have or drive a bus you’ll be able to stop by this bridge that is unbelievable. You really need 10-20 minutes to see the bridge.

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

The Arslanagi?

Bridge has quite an interesting story to tell a town located only 28 kilometers from Dubrovnik, to all those who visit the city of Trebinje, that houses a more scenic Old Town.

This bridge was constructed in 1574, by Mehmed-Paša Sokolovi? , a member of this Arslanagi? Family, in the village with the same name, located 5 kilometers in the north west of Trebinje. It’s one of the most amazing Ottoman bridges and is defined by two big and 2 small arches.

Nevertheless, in the late 1960s, because of the necessity of the Grancarevo dam to prevent the waters of Trebisnjica River from destroying the bridge, it had to be moved (stone by stone) into the old center of Trebinje.

Photo by Chekki

Suggestion: The bridge is a little out of town. Adhere to the river and it will be found by you!

There are only three bridges which made it on the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing so far, and Mehmed Paša Sokolovi? Bridge in Visegrad is among these.

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

The bridge is just one of the greatest examples of Ottoman architecture and engineering. It has a span of 11 arches 180 meters, and spans across the Drina River.

Four Ottoman Bridges in Bosnia & Herzegovina You Have to Visit

It was built about the Grand Vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolovi’s order?

And was completed in 1577, under the oversight of one of their Ottoman court architects, Mimar Sinan. The bridge was a muse for Nobel prize winner Ivo Andric, who wrote”The Bridge over the Drina.”

Suggestion: for great views of the Mehmed Paša Sokolovi? Bridge, go to the cafe to this bridge’s side. It has a beautiful big terrace with views across the bridge. The food was good. WATCH VIDEO

Like Stari Most, the Kriva Cuprija (Crooked Bridge) is Situated in Mostar’s Old Town.

The design of all Kriva Cuprija resembles the Stari Most, while not as well known as its counterpart. Though the specific date of its construction is not known, Kriva Cuprija is still thought to be a”practice run” of Stari Most.

A rich of the Neretva River , the Rabobolja creek is crossed by the bridge. You are able to readily view it on foot if you’re drifting the Town. Many restaurants and cafes are nearby.

The arch is a perfect semicircle 8.56m in width and 4.15m in height.

A lot of the bridge footpath was ruined by heavy flooding in 2000, but was restored to a reconstruction project financed from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in 2001 thanks.

Have you had the chance to go to any of these Ottoman bridges? Which one did you like most?

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