Photographer's Note

For Slavic people like myself the name of the town “Mostar” sounds as being related to a bridge (Polish: most). And indeed the Stari Most (old bridge) is the main attraction of the old town.
One of the guidebook suggestions to this region was to avoid asking questions about the language or religion since the topics may touch some still sensitive memories of the recent war.
I have seen in my trip to Western Balkans some beautiful Roman Catholic churches, Orthodox churches and mosques. My uneducated guess is that the border between Roman and Byzantine empires was passing somewhere in this area, on top of that this region was for a long time a part of the Ottoman empire hence the coexistence of Orthodox and Catholic Christians and Moslems at the same time. Stari Most, a beautiful example of Ottoman architecture, as well as the whole old town of Mostar is located mainly in the Moslem part of the town. The bridge was destroyed in the recent war but it was rebuilt as a symbol of "building bridges".

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7637 W: 106 N: 19950] (76345)
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