APRIL 2021

World Heritage calendar April image: Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina

In this outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement where mosques, churches, and synagogues once existed side by side, Pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features tell the story of Mostar from its beginnings as an Ottoman frontier town in the 15th and 16th centuries to the tragic 1990s destruction and recent restoration of Stari Most (literally "Old Bridge") and many Old Town edifices. Today the recently reconstructed 16th-century Ottoman bridge again spans the river Neretva, reconnecting a once divided city – a fitting symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities.