UNESCO sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina

UNESCO has included the following sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina on its World Heritage List:

The Old Mostar Bridge (Stari Most) commissioned in 1557 by Suleiman the Magnificent, the tenth and longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Construction began in 1557 and took nine years. Charged under pain of death to construct a bridge, the architect reportedly prepared for his own funeral on the day the scaffolding was finally removed from the completed structure. Upon its completion it was the widest man-made arch in the world. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the Bosnian War. After the end of the war, plans were raised to reconstruct the bride and on the 23 July 2004 bridge was inaugurated.

Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic Bridge in Visegrad is a bridge over the Drina River in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was completed in 1577 by the Ottoman court architect Sinan on the order of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolovich, who was of Serbian origin. The bridge is now widely known because of the book The Bridge on the Drina written by the Serbian Nobel prize-winning author, Ivo Andric.

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