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After passing the border crossing, and just before reaching Mostar, you can make a photo stop in a charming town of Počitelj, a typical small oriental settlement. Half an hour later you will reach the highlight of the trip – Mostar. Mostar is the centre of Herzegovina, known for the old bridge built in the 15th century, but destroyed during the last Balkan war in 1993. This symbol of the town was later rebuilt in 2004 in the same form and from the same kind of stone. Since July 2005 it is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage.
The city is situated on the coasts of river Neretva and was always famous for a lot of bridges. Soldiers who were protecting the bridges were called “Mostari” and the town was named after them.
From the 15th century it was under the Ottoman government and that is why there are many mosques, typical “Turkish” houses and a bazaar in Mostar. During your sightseeing you could visit a mosque and the Turkish house, but most importantly, don’t miss to try some of many local food specialties such as “ćevapi” (grilled minced meat dumplings)!
The easiest way to reach Mostar is either to rent a car, to buy an excursion from one of many local agencies, or to have an agency create an itinerary and organize your day tailor-made to your needs. Don’t forget to bring your passports as you will need them on the border crossing. Local currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is KM (convertible mark), but Euros and Croatian kunas are also widely accepted.
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