Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country that is abundant with beautiful rivers. Throughout this month I will give you a look at four of Bosnia’s beautiful rivers. This blog’s river is the river Drina, probably one of the most famous rivers in all of Bosnia.
Before going into greater detail about this beautiful review, let me give you the facts that you should know. The drink is a 346 kilometer long river, it forms a large part of the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The Drina is formed by the confluence of two other rivers: the Tara and the Piva (interesting that these two rivers flow through the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro). The origin of this beautiful river is located between the slopes of the Maglić and Pivska mountains.
The Drina runs through many Bosnian cities, lets name a few: Foča, Goražde, Višegrad, Srebrenica, Bratunac, Zvornik and Janja.
The city of Višegrad, is famous for it’s beautiful stone bridge (as shown on the first photo), this bridge was originally built from 1571-1577, as a , a foundation of Mehmet Paša Sokolovic, the Ottoman Grand Vizier, a son of Bosnia. The bridge is built with eleven arches on the so-called Istanbul road that connects Bosnia with Istanbul. It represents one of the most monumental works of architecture and it is a national monument of Bosnia. Together with the area of the Old Bridge in Mostar and stecak, a original Bosnian tombstone, the Old Bridge in Višegrad is also in list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Rafting, kayaking and fishing are the most attractive sports on it. Drina Regatta is the event that takes place in the second Saturday of July each year.
The river Drina is also famous for the great historical novel that was writted by Ivo Andrić- The Bridge on the Drina. (The book talks about the Drina River and stands as a silent witness to history from its construction by the Ottomans in the mid-16th century until its partial destruction during World War I. The story spans about four centuries and covers the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian occupations of the region, with a particular emphasis on the lives, destinies and relations of the local inhabitants). Many people will agree that the river Drina is bloody, unfortunately it has witnessed a lot of wars and many people were thrown into their death.
The river Drina is mentioned in a traditional Bosnian saying: ‘You can not set straight the curvy Drina’- in translation this means you can not try to correct something that can’t be corrected.