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Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 31, 2009 at 11:23:55

Location Republika Srpska, Sarajevo Macro Region, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates N43 46 53.2 E19 17 16.89
Type Cultural
Property 1.50 ha
Date of Inscription 2007

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1260 )

The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge of Višegrad across the Drina River in the east of Bosnia and Herzegovina was built at the end of the 16th century by the court architect Mimar Koca Sinan on the orders of Grand Vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolović. Characteristic of the apogee of Ottoman monumental architecture and civil engineering, the bridge has 11 masonry arches with spans of 11 m to 15 m, and an access ramp at right angles with four arches on the left bank of the river. The 179.5 m long bridge is a representative masterpiece of Sinan, one of the greatest architects and engineers of the classical Ottoman period and a contemporary of the Italian Renaissance, with which his work may be compared. The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the whole site bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture.

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Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge

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Bosnia and Herzegovina, Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 30, 2009 at 20:25:59

Location Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates N43 20 53.2 E17 48 39.3
Type Cultural
Property 7.60 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/946 )

The historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. In the 1990 conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities.

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Stari Most

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