Bosnia landmark reopens after $13M refurb

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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