MOSTAR, Bosnia and Hercegovina -- One of the most treasured
historical landmarks lost to sectarian violence in the former
Yugoslavia was reborn July 23 with the reopening of the
reconstructed 16th century Old Bridge, blown up during battles
between Bosnian Muslims and Roman Catholic Croats in 1993.
After more than $13 million in restoration by an engineering
firm from Turkey that used historically accurate construction
methods, the bridge -- known as "Stari Most" in Bosnian, Serbian
and Croatian -- is a virtual carbon copy of the original, built in
1566 by royal Turkish architects of the Ottoman court.
The rebuilt bridge reconnects the Croatian and Muslim halves of
Mostar, the largest city in the Hercegovina region of Bosnia.
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