Photographer's Note

This is my photographic and bibliographic contibution of Mostar's Stari Most (Old Bridge) to the many already uploaded here. The following two texts are taken from the book "Mostar and Surroundings" by Hedija Boskailo-Sikalo:

"One of devotees of Mostar and its bridge, Austro-Hungarian soldier and skilled writer Robert Michel wrote the following in 1909 while he was comparing new and old buildings:
We can enjoy the personality of the old Mostar, in despite of new, the old is stronger for its modesty. When we walk along the alleys and go down to the Neretva River, we will experience some strong, clear feeling. The most will name this feeling as "orient". But we will name just - Mostar".

"In the former war, in 1993, the servants of evil power destroyed the Old Bridge. The photo of its destruction went across the world and caused the shock to all who find the meaning of life in the beauty, tolerence and unity. Although it seemed that serene spirit of Mostar was defeated, the events showed something opposite. Invincible spirit of Good survived the destruction of Evil and continued to live on both banks of the Neretva river. With financial support of civilized world, the team of Turkish experts made stone beauty shining again over the Neretva. In the summer of 2004 "the New Old Bridge" was opened. Although the trails of those who visited it through centuries can not be seen, the "new" old bridge takes back the known feeling to people from Mostar and the connection between the past and the hope in better future. The new bridge is not just reminder on suffering but it is embodiment of struggling against destruction and barbarism."

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  • Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 400 N: 6725] (34279)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-08-03
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-08-16 16:17
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