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Old Bridge

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 The Old Bridge of Mostar, (Stari Most), was a stone bridge with a single span of almost 29 metres and a curvature close to a lowered centre half-circle, (with some peculiarities at the impost level and at the key stone). It was characterised by very slender and elegant shapes: its profile and its skyline were so thin and so high over the river waters that it was hardly to believe that such a structure could be worked out of huge stone blocks. Built in tenelija stone, it was of a light tone colour, bright and changing during daytime depending on sun colours.

 

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 The bridge was mainly conceived as a functional structure, aimed mostly at connecting the two banks of the river: it may hadn't, originally, any additional ceremonial and monumental meaning, and its design has been quite influenced by the morphology of the site which is totally matched by its abutment walls. The whole monumental complex, including the adjacent fortification towers, is totally part of the site, castled on the rocks and winding the banks, it is not the result of a single design work, but of a development during time, that has followed the historical happenings and the need for protecting and keeping the passage over the river.

The bridge had few esthetical devices and no ornamental element; its architectural beauty and value were to be found in the simplicity and in the essentiality of the structure: the shapes of the bridge were not linked to any time, to any style and to any fashion, in a way that the bridge of Mostar has always been admired as symbol.

 

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Year of construction:

1566

Technical data:

 

Span upstream

28,71 m

Span downstream

28,62 m

Width of the bridge

3,95 – 4,05 m

The number of stone blocks in the vault

459

Constant weight of the vault

90 cm

Weight of the bridge:

 

Vault

101,30 t

Fill

237,50 t

Lateral walls

40,52 t

Fence

10,46 t

Road surface construction, the road paved with cobblestones

25,76 t

Iron fence

1,29 t

Verticals

1,15 t

Truss bracing, slanted bars

0,18 t

Overall weight of the Old Bridge

417,16 t

The stone type out of which the Old Bridge
was made:

Tenelija (limestone)

The biggest treated blocks built in bridge
– size:

206 X 50 X 90 cm

 

 

 

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