The small town of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina sadly came to the world's attention in November 1993 when during the Bosnian War, the Old Bridge of Mostar which stood over the river Neretva since 1566 was destroyed by heavy bombardment of the city.
After the war ended the bridge was meticulosly reconstructed and it has once again become the symbol of Mostar, recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Old City is the main tourist area with cobbled-stone paved streets, mosques, shops, bars and restaurants. But it is the Old Bridge that visitors want to see first when they arrive in Mostar.
And for the crowds gathering on and below the bridge there is another attraction in Summer: the Mostar divers; local men leap from the bridge into the river below cheered by both residents and visitors.
The narrow streets before and after the bridge are filled with small shops selling souvenirs and coppersmiths offering their goods in an atmosphere reminiscent of a Turkish bazaar dating back to the times when Mostar was part of the Ottoman Empire.
A number of important buildings destroyed during the war have been reconstructed including mosques: Hadzi-Kurt Mosque (or Tabacica) and Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque to name but a few.
The so called Crooked Bridge, a smaller version of the Old Bridge, was destroyed by floods in the year 2000 and it has also been reconstructed.
A visit to Mostar would not be complete without tasting the Bosnian National dish Cevapi: grilled mince kebabs served in a flat bread usually with chopped onions and sour cream, available in all restaurants in the city.
And for coffee lovers there is a chance to try Bosnian coffee, similar to Turkish coffee and served in traditional pots and cups sets that can be purchased in most shops in Mostar to take home as a souvenir.
Watching closely the scars of the recent war are still visible in some buildings but Mostar and its residents have been able to recover and welcome back visitors to this part of Europe.
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