Diving in history from the Mostar Bridge

As part of IFTM Top Resa’s partnership with the AJT (France’s Association of Travel Journalists), we bring you each day a “postcard” from a different location with an interesting story to tell. Since 1997, the AJT has grouped together around 180 journalists working in the field of tourism.

On the banks of the river Neretva, the small town of Mostar and its old bridge attract lovers of vestiges and… vertigo.

Bosnia-Herzegovina was still for me, recently, simply a country of former Yugoslavia discovered in the history books for its war in the ‘90s. A past that obviously does not escape once on the spot, but which is fortunately no more than that. Proof of this is with the old City of Mostar, a town marked by Ottoman culture and an essential step in a trip to the Balkans. But it is especially for its bridge, the Stari Most, overlooking the river Neretva and its emerald green colour, that I was exulted by the idea of discovering it. Once at the top-25 meters high – the view leaves one breathless. While the more courageous brave the vertigo to jump into the water (icy, it seems), it is more into its history that I preferred to dive. Looking to the green shores, I learn from my guide that the building built in the sixteenth century was completely destroyed in 1993 by Croatian forces. And that it was only in 2004 that the famous bridge would be reborn identically, each stone carved as originally. It is difficult to imagine such a past by admiring it. Today, a bridge between the east of the Bosnian city and the Croatian West, the Stari Most has also become the symbol of a rediscovered peace.   

Brice Lahaye, journalist


Plongée dans l’histoire depuis le pont de Mostar

Dans le cadre du partenariat entre IFTM Top Resa et l’AJT (Association des Journalistes du Tourisme), nous vous proposons chaque jour une “carte postale” d’une destination différente qui raconte une histoire intéressante. Créée en 1997, l’AJT regroupe environ 180 journalistes travaillant dans le domaine du tourisme.

Sur les bords du fleuve Neretva, la petite ville de Mostar et son vieux pont attirent les amateurs de vestiges et de… vertige.

La Bosnie-Herzégovine se résumait encore pour moi, il y a peu, à ce pays d’ex-Yougoslavie découvert dans les livres d’Histoire pour sa guerre des années 90. Un passé auquel on n’échappe évidemment pas une fois sur place, mais qui ne se résume heureusement plus à ça. Preuve en est avec la vieille cité de Mostar, ville empreinte de culture ottomane et étape incontournable d’un voyage dans les Balkans. Mais c’est surtout pour son pont, le Stari Most, surplombant la rivière Neretva et sa couleur vert émeraude, que j’exultais à l’idée de la découvrir. Une fois au sommet – haut de 25 mètres – la vue laisse coi. Si quelques.  

Brice Lahaye, journaliste

La vue depuis le pont de Mostar. © Brice Lahaye - AJT