Stari Most also called The Old Bridge is located in the city of Mostar , Bosnia and Herzegovina, and crosses the river Neretva . The single-arched Stari Most was constructed in 1566 by architect Mimar Hajruddin at the height of the Ottoman Empire. The Old Bridge in Mostar was admired by everybody for its beauty and technical perfection.
The Stari Most is hump-backed, 4 meters (13 ft ) wide and 30 meters (98 ft ) long, and dominates the river from a height of 24 m (79 ft ). Two fortified towers protect it: the Helebija tower on the northeast and the Tara tower on the southwest, called “the bridge keepers”.
The arch of the bridge was made of local stone known as tenelija. The shape of the arch is the result of numerous irregularities produced by the deformation of the inner line of the arch. The most accurate description would be that it is a circle of which the centre is depressed in relation to the string course.
Revived after destruction
After having survived many wars for centuries, the bridge was shelled thousands of times by Serbian artillery starting from April 1992 and by Croats starting from May 1993 until it was finally brought down on 9 November 1993.
On July 23, 2004, festivities with music, dancing, and international guests celebrated the completed restoration of the landmark bridge to its original form. This reconstruction project is one piece of a larger effort to restore the historic district of Mostar after its destruction in the war .