Photographer's Note

This bridge is often called Roman Bridge, but actually it is not, see my note below.
«Mustafa, sandžak- beg of Herzegovina, built a bridge here in 1517. In the second half of the 17th century, Šišman Ibrahim Pasha, who built a medresa, han and hammam in Počitelj and renovated the mosqe, also renovated the bridge in Klepci. Traces of older roads here suggest that there had been a Roman bridge on the site of the present-day bridge.
The bridge, with its finely proportioned arch structure recalting that of the Old Bridge in Mostar, stands out as one of the most important works of Ottoman infrastructure architecture. A specific feature of the bridge is that it has the widest span of this type of bridge over a lowland river. Since the Bregava riverbed is relatively wide at this pont and the banks are low, the builder opted for supstantial stone abutments and long approach ramps, thus reducing the span of the arch.
The condition of the bridge has deteriorated badly during and since the 1992-1995 war

The Comision to Preserve National Monuments adopoted a decision, to designate the hisatoric building -- old bridge in Klepci, Čapljina Municipality, as the National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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