Friday, 26 September 2014 10:00

Mostar

Mostar, in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge called Stari Most. The historic town, spans a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries.

A significant portion of the city has been rebuilt and visitors might be surprised to see that this formerly war-torn city is a lively and beautiful destination once again, particularly the area within and around the old town. However, many visible signs of Mostar's troubled recent history still remain.

 

Getting There: 

Almost every hour buses run between Sarajevo and Mostar. Another mode of public transportation to Mostar is by train. It is one of the best ways of getting between Sarajevo and Mostar, and considered by many travellers to be one of the most beautiful train journeys in all of Euope.

The slow train ride lasts around 3.30 hours, is quite comfortable and offers great scenery.

The price for a one way ticket costs approx. 10 KM (AUD 7.85) and two way 16 KM (AUD 12.55).

If you are in Croatia and want to visit Mostar there is a bus from Split.  there are several daily bus departures towards Mostar, travel time range from 3 to 4 hours. Depending on which bus you catch you might be travelling on the country road via Livno, or on a route following the highway to Vrgorac.

From Dubrovnik to Mostar, the travel distance is about 140 kilometres, which equals a travelling time by car of roughly 2 hours. The route follows the Adriatic Coast to Opuzen from there it continues via Metkovic to Mostar.

There are a few daily buses to Mostar during winter time and several daily buses during summer time from Dubrovnik. Travel time by bus is about 3 to 4 hours. If you do journey by bus it is suggested that you sit on the left side, so you can enjoy the view as you travel along the coast.

 

Visiting:

Stari Most, the Old Bridge is the symbol of the city and UNESCO listed. You can see many locals collecting money to jump off the bridge, which is 21 metres high. If you want to jump of the bridge you need to pay 25 Euro (AUD 39.20), however the water is very cold.  Walking around the Old Bridge is free as well as the Bridge Museum. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the bridge by climbing the minaret of the Mosque, but it will cost you 2.5 Euro (AUD 4.00).

Built in 1618, the Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque is a simple but very pretty mosque.

Another thing to do is a visit to the Kravice waterfalls, 25 metres high, with stunning crystal clear water where you can swim. Admission is free. To get there you can take a tour or get a taxi for about 40 Euro (AUD 62.70).

There is no denying the fact that the Bosnian War has left its mark on Mostar.  There are still many abandoned buildings full of bullet holes, that have been left to decay and fall apart. Although heartbreaking to see, the local artists are turning these buildings into their canvas and have been expressing themselves with messages of peace, criticism of wealth, and protest of past and even current oppression.

There is also an annual street art festival held each spring, with artists from all around the world descending on Mostar to create new murals and other works of art.

Just 12 kilometres outside of Mostar, you will fin Blagaj Tekke. Popular with pilgrims and tourists this inspiring place remained untouched during the Bosnian war. Constructed around 1520, the tekija is a reflection of Ottoman and Mediterranean style architecture. The upper part of the building also houses two 15th century Tajik dervishes. It is considered to be one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most holy and ancient sites.

 

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