The city of Mostar is named after the Stari Most, the famous Ottoman bridge built by the in 1556 across the river Neretva. Since its 16th century construction, the Old Bridge came to represent the beauty of Mostar; later, with its destruction in 1993 it became a symbol of the violent atrocities which happened during the war in Bosnia Herzegovina. In the past Mostar was one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the former Yugoslavia, containing a very mixed population consisting of Croats, Bosniaks and Serbs. It is also consists of 3 main religions, Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox.
The effects of the war is still visible today, buildings that are damaged, secret tunnels, bullet and shrapnel holes in some of the buildings in the town.
One of the daily attractions are divers who jump off the Stari Most bridge into the river below. This is very dangerous as the bridge is 24m in height. Many people have died attempting this. These divers are local heroes and it is quite a sight to see.
As a souvenir I bough a Bosnian Coffee set made of copper as well as old bullets made into keyrings and pens. The customs at my next destination opened my suitcase to see what the bullets were.
On the night we slept over in Mostar, I woke up at 1am with a fright like everything was shaking. In the morning I found out that there was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake and the epicentre was 6 kms away. Quite an experience!
It is an ethnically mixed pot of culture, religion and people. It is so worthwhile visiting.