Mostar is a magical place. It's a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a rich cultural heritage, and it's often called the cultural centre of Herzegovina. It's famous for its beautiful natural setting. Still, it's also known for its famous bridge keepers—the people who lived on the banks of the Neretva River and guarded the bridge there. The Old Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in Europe, and it's been on UNESCO's list of protected cultural heritage since 2005.
Mostar's history dates back to the fifteenth century when towers were built in the middle of town. The Ottoman Empire first conquered Mostar in 1468. By 1469, they had taken over the city, which was only a small fortification with a hanging wooden bridge. There were at most 20 households on both sides of the Neretva River.
Over the next two centuries, Mostar grew and developed into an economic centre for Herzegovina. In addition to being an economic hub, it was also a cultural centre with several religious buildings constructed during this time, including mosques and Catholic churches.
A few centuries of economic growth passed before the Austro-Hungarian monarchy occupied Mostar in 1878. The Habsburg monarchy left its mark on Mostar's cultural life and development, which can still be seen today. Between two world wars, Mostar went through a difficult period that it soon recovered from; the population tripled, and trade and agriculture were developed and modernized.
Stari Most (Old Bridge) is one of the most famous places in Mostar. It is a classic example of Islamic architecture and engineering. It was built in 1566 under the command of Suleiman the Magnificent, and it represents a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and engineering.
In addition to being an architectural masterpiece, Stari Most is also an important symbol for Bosnia-Herzegovina and its people. The bridge was built over 500 years ago by Ottoman architects renowned for their expert craftsmanship and skill at building bridges (especially those made out of wood). This bridge had stood through many wars and even survived heavy bombings during World War II when German soldiers used it as a shooting range. When they left town after 1945, they left behind an empty shell—but that didn't stop locals from rebuilding their beloved landmark!
You should try Bosnian cuisine. It combines Eastern and Western flavours in a totally unique and delicious way.
Mostar's cuisine is largely influenced by Turkish, Greek, and other Mediterranean cuisines. During the forty-year Austro-Hungarian rule, there was also some European influence on local gastronomy. Traditional dishes like ćevapi and burek are made with meat such as lamb, veal, chicken, and fish—especially trout that's grown in rivers throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bosnian cuisine has been described as "a taste of history" because it is rich in tradition and cultural heritage.