Author: Ana Buljan
The City of Mostar offers many cultural and historical gems to visitors and tourists, but one of the most famous and significant ones is the Old Bridge located in the Old Town of Mostar.
The Old Bridge was commissioned by sultan Suleiman the Magnificent between 1557 and 1566. It has a moving and powerful story behind it and offers an insight into the early stages of the development of the city.
The Museum of the Old Bridge is located on the left shore of the Neretva River, in the Tara Tower. It offers a view of the Old Town and the Old Bridge. The museum offers an insight into the history of the development of the City of Mostar. It also features an exhibition about the project of reconstruction of the Old Bridge in Mostar between 1999 and 2004, after it was destroyed in 1993.
One part of the museum is actually an archeological site underneath the Tara Tower. Inside the tower, a mobile archeological exhibition, archive and architectural documentation can be observed. The museum presents the image of all aspects of life at the bridge and around it: cultural, historical, architectural, economic and military.
During the reconstruction of the Old Bridge, archeological excavations were done as well and new information about the development of the city was revealed. The remains of two older wooden bridges from the middle ages were discovered.
The Old Bridge area of the Old Town of Mostar has been designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
The Museum of the Old Bridge is open every day from April 1 to November 1 between 10:00 and 18:00 hours.