Mostar 04

Travel reportage in Mostar

By entering Mostar from a cross street, ruins of building riddled by bullets gives you a warm welcome.

Walking through the small historical centre, just before the famous Neretva bridge, you will meet tens of shop for tourists but also many stones where appears the inscription “DO NOT FORGET”.

The beauty of the historical centre makes you forget the tragic history of the city.

Climbing the topmost minaret of the city, you can enjoy he beauty of the centre: completely destroyed in 1994, it was reconstructed and declared Hunesco world heritage site.

In the summertime the divers (boys of Monstar jumping from the 24 meters high bridge into the river) are the real attraction for the tourists.

Outside the historical centre, the cemetery pervading both sides of the street.

Leaving the centre, you will come across many houses not restored: they look like skeletons surrounding the city crowded by the tourists.

One of the most impressive conflicts of the city: a house partially reconstructed (only the roof and the window fixtures) and another one reconstructed for a bed-and-breakfast use-

The signs of two religions, the copious minarets that stand out against the only christian cross, consigned on the top of the mountain.
this cross is the only chistian symbol in the city.

Mosques and minarets are everywhere in city and, as a contrast the houses still damaged, are always restored.

Walking through the streets of the centre, raising the eyes toward the buildings, what makes you astonish is that only the lower floors of the buildings are restored. On most of them, is still visible the mark of the war.

It is clear the attempt of the city to return to normality, but the signs of the past war are clear too. Most say that the destroyed buildings are intentionally not restore, as a warning to the people.

As to point up this theory, the usual stone with the inscription “DO NOT FORGET”.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM