Located on the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the city of Mostar is a place like no other.
The Old Town of Mostar has been attracting millions of tourists from all over the world because of its unique blend of rich history, picturesque architecture and exotic locations. The Old Bridge is the most magnificent monument in Mostar and it has become the worldwide known symbol of Mostar.
In case you have missed it, read our previous article – Six interesting facts about the Old Bridge.
Old Bridge was built in 1566. and after that this town become an important strategic base for the Ottoman Empire to conquer the Balkan area. The bridge was established with two towers guarding Halebija and Tara towers.
But there is more in Mostar than just the Old Bridge. We count down other notable and must see places in Mostar
- Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Mostar
The Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Mostar is a monument of past times. It was built in 1965 in honor of the Yugoslav Partisans of Mostar who were killed during World War II in Yugoslavia. It’s located on Bijeli Brijeg and displays all the features of a complex architectural, aesthetic and landscape design. It is a unique monument in the urban scale of the city of Mostar, and is of particular ambient value. There were all together 560 burials in this cemetery.
- Lenin’s promenade in Mostar
The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy began their rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina during occupation of the country in 1878, and after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in November 1918, this country finally terminated all the snaps with that empire. In Mostar, there are many buildings built during the Austro-Hungarian period and represent a good blend of Western and Oriental architecture (pseudo style).
The notable Rondo circle was divided into six radial avenues, which were created in different periods of time. After 1945, the promenade of the Old Gymnasium to Rondo was called Lenin’s promenade.
This promenade has become a symbol of Mostar’s youth, which gathered there and was strolling every day; they played chess and backgammon. Today, maybe a little bit of the glory of this beautiful promenade has been restored. Almost every day one can hear the sounds of children’s laughter while all surrounded by greenery and flowers.
- Sahat Tower in Mostar
During the Ottoman period in Mostar many architecture innovations of that time were built, including monuments, sacred objects and buildings.
Among those monuments is the Sahat tower (clock) accompanied with the muvektihana (office which was responsible for determination of correct time).
The clock on the tower showed the ticking time during the day and night according to the alaturka hour system. The alaturka reading clock system is the oldest system and it was used in the Ottoman Empire during the 18th and 19th century.
Today the Sahat tower still stands in Mostar and it is one of a kind. The tower was built from crushed stones and has prismatic structure. The base of the tower is a square with 3,45m sides and the tower is about 15m high.
- Franciscan Church in Mostar
Today the Catholic Church and the Franciscan Monastery in Mostar stand together as one the most beautiful architecture examples. Originally this complex was built in 1866. during the Ottoman rule.
The Catholic Bishop sent a thank you letter to the Sultan for the construction of the church in Mostar and the records show it was written on 15th November 1864.
During the first seven months of the construction, the exterior walls were built on the foundation of a network of affiliated oak logs. The whole construction was completed in 1875. while many years later, in 1932. the clock was placed on the