Sunday, September 22, 2013

Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

This postcard from Mostar city in Bosnia and Herzegovina really made my day! I was dreaming to have a card from there for a long time. Many thanks to my Turkish friend Filiz who had a trip in Mostar! :) You know I appreciate it so much! Just note that there is a special stamp on the card (of value 0.9 BAM) which was issued in 2013 to celebrate the 1700th Anniversary of Edict of Milan, a crucial event in the history of Christianity. The stamp mainly features Constantine the Great. 
Mostar is the central city of the region Herzegovina. It is famous for its old bridge, officially "Stari Most", which crosses the Neretva river. The original birdge was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 16th century and it stood for more than 400 years until destroyed during the Bosnian War in 1993. After the war, with the aid of international society, the bridge was rebuilt and opened again in 2004. As an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement and a symbol of reconciliation, international co-operation and of the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities, the reconstructed Old Bridge  was declared as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2005.