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Mostar, Then And Now

Twenty years ago, on November 9, 1993, one of Bosnia-Herzegovina's cultural treasures became a casualty of war. The Old Bridge in Mostar, built in 1566 during the Ottoman Empire, was destroyed by shells fired by Croatian gunners amid fierce fighting with Bosnian Muslims. In 2004, nine years after the end of the conflict, a new bridge built largely from the original stones was unveiled in Mostar, becoming a symbol of postwar reconciliation. These combination photographs compare the war-ravaged sites of Mostar with the reconstructed city today.

People cross a makeshift bridge in Mostar after the destruction of the 16th century Old Bridge in 1993. On the right, the new bridge as it appears in 2013. The reconstruction was completed in 2004 at a cost of $15.4 million, financed by a World Bank loan and international grants.
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People cross a makeshift bridge in Mostar after the destruction of the 16th century Old Bridge in 1993. On the right, the new bridge as it appears in 2013. The reconstruction was completed in 2004 at a cost of $15.4 million, financed by a World Bank loan and international grants.

The makeshift bridge that replaced the destroyed Old Bridge, and the rebuilt structure in 2013.
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The makeshift bridge that replaced the destroyed Old Bridge, and the rebuilt structure in 2013.

The Mehmed Pasina Mosque in Mostar, heavily damaged in fighting in 1993, and the mosque as it appears today
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The Mehmed Pasina Mosque in Mostar, heavily damaged in fighting in 1993, and the mosque as it appears today

A man reads on the steps of a damaged building in the old section of Mostar in 1993. Below, the same street in February 2013
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A man reads on the steps of a damaged building in the old section of Mostar in 1993. Below, the same street in February 2013

Damaged roofs in the old part of Mostar in June 1993, and the same location in February 2013.
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Damaged roofs in the old part of Mostar in June 1993, and the same location in February 2013.

People walk across a bridge in Mostar in June 1993. On the right, a newly built bridge at the same location in 2013
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People walk across a bridge in Mostar in June 1993. On the right, a newly built bridge at the same location in 2013

Damaged buildings in June 1993, and the same location in 2013
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Damaged buildings in June 1993, and the same location in 2013

Marshall Tito Street in Mostar in 1993 and in 2013
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Marshall Tito Street in Mostar in 1993 and in 2013

Santiceva Street in Mostar in 1993 and in 2013, with some buidlings still partly in ruins
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Santiceva Street in Mostar in 1993 and in 2013, with some buidlings still partly in ruins

A Bosnian soldier stands on a hanging footbridge that replaced the destroyed Old Bridge. Below, a view of the reconstructed bridge
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A Bosnian soldier stands on a hanging footbridge that replaced the destroyed Old Bridge. Below, a view of the reconstructed bridge

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