Here is my VLOG on my magical visit to Mostar, UNESCO World Heritage city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Check out my previous posts on the history of Mostar, the famous Stari Most bridge & its divers.
The Mostar Peace Bell Tower, (Mostarski Zvonik Mira), stands alone by the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul. This impressive bell tower is the tallest structure in the city at 107m and a must visit.
There are 370 steps to the viewpoint which is at 75m. You can take a lift to 45m and climb the remaining 134 steps. Some of the keys sights from here are the:
* cross on Hum Hill – a strategic point during the war
* Old Town
* unofficial road border between east & west, ‘Bulevar’ which translates to Boulevard
* ruins of the 8 storey former bank building that was used as a sniper tower
The Ottomans helped build the original Catholic church in 1866 but it was raised to the ground in the 1992 war. A new larger church started being erected in 2000 on the previous foundations. Its library boasts 50,000 prestigious ancient volumes of both the Western and Eastern worlds and an art collection with works of Italian Masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is the largest of all the libraries with such artefacts in Herzegovina. Photographs inside the church tell the story of its former glory, destruction and rebuild.
The old town is a great place to wander and take in the atmosphere. An intriguing, captivating and thought-proving city to visit, definitely one I would recommend.