City Orientation Walk, Mostar (Self Guided)

Mostar is one of the major cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city is filled with a rich history which includes Byzantine and Ottoman origins. Mostar has survived two wars in the past century and has since resurrected from its own ashes, showcasing a city with amazing architectural sites.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Bosnia-Herzegovina » Mostar (See other walking tours in Mostar)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: derek
Catholic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

1) Catholic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (must see)

The Catholic Church of Saint Peter and Paul was built in the Ottoman era (19th century), but completely destroyed during the 1990s. The church was rebuilt with a much higher tower and a Franciscan monastery right in front.
Franciscan Church Bell Tower

2) Franciscan Church Bell Tower (must see)

The Franciscan Chruch is an old minaret from the medieval time period. The church belonged to the Franciscan Order and was a place of both religious and historical value. Today, it is also a highly visited tour attraction.
Hadzi-Kurt Mosque or Tabacica

3) Hadzi-Kurt Mosque or Tabacica

The construction of this mosque lasted from the 16th to the 17th century, according to the desire of Hajji Kurt, member of the prominent local aristocratic clan. The mosque stands on the right bank of the Neretva River, some 100 meters from the Old Bridge, adjoining the ancient Tabhana district which was once inhabited by leather tanners and contained many of their workshops. Hence the name of the area, deriving from Tabaci which means "leather tanner". Being surrounded by numerous shops, the Tabačica mosque one of the most often visited in Mostar.

Operation Hours: every day (except Mondays) from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Crooked Bridge

4) Crooked Bridge (must see)

The Crooked Bridge is even older than Old Bridge, and dates back to the middle 16th century. The bridge crosses a tributary to the Neretva River. Floords destroyed the bridge in the 1990s, but was also reconstructed by UNESCO in 2001.
The Two Towers

5) The Two Towers (must see)

On either side of the Old Bridge, you'll discover two towers that date back to the age of the Old Bridge. The towers were used to house bridge guardians, armories, and store gunpowder. Today, one of the towers is a mosque and offers an exhibition of Mostar's history and the destruction of the Old Bridge.
Stari Most (Old Bridge)

6) Stari Most (Old Bridge) (must see)

Stari Most, or Old Bridge, is a 16th century Ottoman bridge that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on November 9, 1993 during the Croat-Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened on July 23, 2004.

Stari Most is hump-backed, 4 meters (13 ft 1 in) wide and 30 meters (98 ft 5 in) long, and dominates the river from a height of 24 m (78 ft 9 in). Two fortified towers protect it: the Helebija tower on the northeast and the Tara tower on the southwest, called "the bridge keepers". Instead of foundations, the bridge has abutments of limestone linked to wing walls along the waterside cliffs. The original bridge was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557 to replace an older wooden suspension bridge of dubious stability. Construction began in 1557 and took nine years: according to the inscription the bridge was completed in 974 AH, corresponding to the period between July 19, 1566 and July 7, 1567.

The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the end of the war, plans were raised to reconstruct the bridge. In October 1998, UNESCO established an international committee of experts to oversee the design and reconstruction work. Reconstruction commenced on 7 June 2001. The reconstructed bridge was inaugurated on 23 July 2004.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Metropolitan Serbian Ortodox Church

7) Metropolitan Serbian Ortodox Church

The church is a sacred place for Orthodox Christians from the Balkans, as well as a relic of Byzantine architecture. The church was battered during the war, but then reconstructed with a project financed by a British philanthropist.
Old Catholic Church

8) Old Catholic Church

Given the Orthodox Serbian surroundings, an old Catholic church may appear unusual, however this modest Catholic Church has persevered through old age and destruction from the war.
Karadjoz-Beg Mosque

9) Karadjoz-Beg Mosque (must see)

Karadjoz-Beg (Karađozbey) Mosque in the town of Mostar is the largest mosque in Herzegovina. Designed by Turkish architect Koca Mimar Sinan, it was built in 1557. Similarly to other local mosques, Karadjoz-Beg has suffered great damage from wars fought in the region, including WWII and the recent Serbian invasion of Bosnia-Herzegovina during which it was almost totally destroyed. After a long restoration, the mosque once again serves the community. Situated slightly away from the downtown area, Karadjoz-Beg is one of the greatest monuments of the 16th century Islamic religious architecture, grand with interior decorations: arabesques and phytomorphic drawings. In line with the period tradition, it is flanked by several buildings in the courtyard: a fountain for washing (sadrvan), an Islamic school (madrasa), a library and a public canteen for the poor. Behind the mosque is a Muslim cemetery, oldest in Mostar.

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Mostar for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Mostar has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Mostar, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.