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The Mostar Bridge was a very famous and historical bridge before its destruction in 1993 during the war in Bosnia and Hercegovina (part of the former Yugoslavia). The elegant bridge spanned the River Neretva and was designed by the Ottoman (Turkish) architect Mimar Hayruddin. It was completed in 1566 after nines years of building and the surrounding town became a thriving trading centre. The bridge was 29 metres in length and stood at a height of 20 metres, a classic example of a single span, stone arch bridge and was an example of advanced technology in its time. It became a World Heritage site during the twentieth century.
One of the more unusual ways the bridge is used is as a magnificent diving or jumping platform. This not only take training and dedication but also great courage.
UNESCO, the World Bank and the City of Mostar have launched a project to rebuild the old bridge. As much of the original white limestone as possible will be salvaged from the bed of the river below. New stone will also be quarried from nearby quarries with the aim being to complete reconstruction in 2004. The rebuilding of the bridge will symbolise the reunification of Mostar and will be part of the healing process for this ethnically divided town.
FOOTNOTE - July 23rd, 2004, the reconstructed Mostar Bridge was opened by the Prince of Wales (PrinceCharles)
This picture was taken a few months later, in september 2004.

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