The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge of Višegrad

 

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Three sites located in Bosnia and Herzegovina are inscribed into UNESCO's World Heritage List. Besides the Old Bridge Area of the Old City in Mostar and Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards, there is also The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge of Višegrad. The Bridge is located eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Drina river which draws water from the Balkan mountains and flows to the Sava and the Danube Rivers. It was completed in 1577 according to the project of the Ottoman court architect – Mimar Sinan. The bridge is Sinan's masterpiece - 179.5 m long -containing 11 masonry arches. The works were commissioned by the Mehmed Paša Sokolović. The area of the bridge, with the access ramp, two river banks, was inscribed into UNESCO list in 2007.  It is a site of universal value due to historical reasons. It has an architectural significance being an example of outstanding achievement of architecture from the classical age of the Ottoman Empire. The object represents Ottoman achievement in the area of architecture and engineering. Due to its position it played a strategic role in many historical events which took place during whole history, especially in the 20th century. It was witness to important exchanges which had an influence on cultural and national aspects of the state. Following history of the bridge we receive a gaze at history of the cultural and political changes and the past of the Ottomans' and the Austro-Hungarians' empires, the Yugoslav Federation, and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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