Saturday, November 16, 2013

A closer look at the Old Town of Mostar

Ever since I posted the image of the Old Bridge a few months back, I promised to show more of my city and especially the Old Town. I'm glad to be able to hold that promise, and bring you more flavor of that part of the city in this post.

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It was early in the morning when my friend and I took a stroll down the stone path of the Old Town. Many tourists were already descending into the main parts of this very popular spot.


This is the north entrance to the Old Town. You can see the cobble stones marking where the old part of the city starts.


My friend's dog Brownie was with us, and had a fun time exploring the city.


Entrance to the Museum.


The front view of the Museum in a wider shot.


A number of elements of the early fortifications are visible. The Hercegusa Tower dates from the medieval period, whereas the Ottoman defenses are represented by the Halebinovka and Tara Towers, the watchtowers over the ends of the Old Bridge, and a stretch of the ramparts.


While some were walking around and shopping for some souvenirs, other were having breakfast and coffee in one of the many restaurants here.



The name of Mostar is first mentioned in a document of 1474, taking its name from the bridge-keepers (mostari), this refers to the existence of a wooden bridge from the market town on the left bank of the river which was used by soldiers, traders, and other travelers.



There are lots of copper shops there, where you can buy many unique ornaments and gifts.


Or even original artwork and paintings sold by artists in their ateliers.


Kriva Ćuprija (Crooked bridge) is a small bridge on the river Radobolja which floats into the main river Neretva. It was build in the same manner and style as the Old Bridge, just in smaller proportions.


I hope you liked the images and also taking a small stroll with me through one of the most popular parts of my city.

44 comments:

  1. beautiful stone buildings and walls. love brownie, too! :)

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  2. What a lovely old town/village and I do love the old stone buildings! Great captures for the day, Mersad, and yes, I love Brownie, too!! Happy looking fellow!!

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    1. Brownie is so great. She so fun to be around with.

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  3. How gorgeous! I love the ancient stone buildings and the cobblestone streets. I would love to visit there.

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    1. I hope you do one day. It's well worth a visit.

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  4. I was thinking that Brownie was a local until you said he had come with you and your friend. That pigeon shot was lovely and made me think of two that flew into the tree this morning while it was snowing and I kept thinking, why did they not fly south? It looked very warm and pleasant in this lovely little village.

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    1. This is actually on old town, in the center of the city, not a village, although It has some characteristics of a village, by the looks of it.

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  5. I can certainly see why this is a popular tourist spot! :)

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    1. There are even more during summer.

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  6. fantastic series of photos! it does look like a beautiful place to visit.
    i do love the old stone buildings!

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    1. They are fun to photograph. More of the old bridge will come in another post.

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  7. How very beautiful! Thank you for taking us on the tour.

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  8. HI Thank you for taking usalong tostroll his lovely part oof your city. I love the stone work and arches and love the autumn feel in the lassst shot. Great dog.

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    1. I wanted to take some city shots for a long time, and since I knew that the autumn colors would soon fade away, I thought that this was the best time to do it. Thanks for visiting.

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  9. What a lovely town to visit, so picturesque. I love the cute puppy dog and the bridge with the fall colors. Gorgeous images, have a happy weekend!

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  10. Your city is lovely! I enjoyed seeing the sights, and the architecture. Looks you and your friend were enjoying it too!

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    1. We were. More images from our walk soon!

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  11. Absolutely thrilling pictures of this old town. I love this old buildings they are so wonderful and they can tell more than the modern buildings. Your photographs are splendid, Mersad!

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    1. Thanks so much. They do have a big history behind them, some of it fascinating, some of it tragic.

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  12. i would love to stroll those streets with my camera or even without it. i like those narrow streets. thanks for tour of your town and no wonder it is popular. love Brownie of course.

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  13. Gorgeous town! I love the stone and brick! Things appear relaxed and easy going there.

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    1. They are. Especially on a Saturday morning...

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  14. Wo lebst du eigentlich? Ich dachte in Deutschland. Schade (für mich), daß du englisch schreibst. LG

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    1. Ich wohne in Mostar. Hoffentlich sprechen die Bilder genug für sich. :)

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  15. I never know where to start when commenting on your posts. It's impossible to pick out one or two images as favorites when they're all so perfect. I did like the restaurant shot especially well. The tones and detail were so good. And I liked the one with a view of people through the arch (Photo #9). If I had to pick a favorite though, it would be the last one, with the crooked bridge framed by such beautiful fall colors.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. The last one is my favorite too.

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  16. What a beautiful walk through your town. Really a nice place where are you living, and very interesting spots. I remembered my vacations in Rabac...oh g...a very long time ago as a kid^^

    Hope you are showing more, and hey...thanks for showing at all.

    Really nice pics, love them.

    Wishing you a beautilfu sunday and sending a lot of greetings

    Nova

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    1. Rabac, and the rest of Istra is very beautiful. I will be showing more of Mostar! Thank you for visiting.

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  17. I can visualise a lazy walk through the ancient town, stopping for coffee before further sightseeing. Heavenly! I like your old town, Mersad. I also like the expression on Brownie's face, great capture.

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    1. Thanks Valerie. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  18. Hallo Mersad,

    geniale Fotos sind Dir da gelungen ... naja, wie immer halt :)

    Besonders gut gefällt mir das Bild mit den beiden Tauben im Vordergrund ! Hammer :)

    Ganz liebe Grüße aus Berlin

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    1. Danke Timur. Schade das Du nicht mehr blogst. Hoffe Dich aber hier wiederzusehen!

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  19. Beautiful series Mersad! Well done!

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  20. What a wonderful place to go exploring with a camera.

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    1. It really is. Thanks for visiting Kathy.

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  21. Thank you for the tour; it was fun in virtual time but I'd much prefer to be there in real time!

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    1. Hope you get to one day. I know you like to travel too.

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