The sun sets over the Jewel of Mostar; the illuminated World Heritage 16th-century Stari Most Bridge, in the old city of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina.The town of Mostar is one of Bosnia & Herzegovina’s most popular destinations. With cobblestoned streets, old stone buildings, and its beautiful bridge spanning the picturesque Neretva River, this town looks like it was plucked from the pages of a fairytale.This small town attracts thousands of visitors per year. Seeing Stari Most, the Old Bridge, is the highlight of a visit here, but the charm of Mostar extends well past the span of this bridge. Whether you have just a few hours or a few days, we want to help you plan the perfect visit to Mostar.
Mostar is located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia & Herzegovina. It started off as a small town on a trading route between the Adriatic Coast and central Bosnia.In 1468 the region came under control of Ottoman rule. In 1566, under the orders of Suleiman the Magnificent (the same man who transformed Constantinople into Istanbul), the wooden bridge was rebuilt in stone, and this famous bridge stood for 427 years. This stone bridge was a masterpiece when it was built and it is said to be one of the most important structures built during the Ottoman era.
What a truly incredible place – Mostar’s old city, where the famous Stari Most bridge you see here resides, was an absolute pleasure to explore. I spent a few days here, with the aim of allowing myself multiple sunsets to photograph the bridge from various angles.
A large part of the fun in acquiring this shot, was finding a spot to photograph it from! I spent the warm sunny afternoons walking around the town, climbing along the river bank, and down little local backstreets and alleyways that led to different views of the bridge. I settled on this one as I had not seen it photographed from this viewpoint before, aswell as being nice and quiet.