The crooked bridge of Mostar (Kriva Ćuprija)

When I first saw the name of this bridge, I was a bit confused- crooked bridge? Does this mean it looks crooked? Or were the people crooked that created it? So many questions arise to the normal person.

I was going to Mostar for a day tour either way, so I was ready to check out this ‘Kriva Čuprija’ as the Bosnians called it. When I asked our tour guide, why is this bridge famous? Because I even saw it listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was just a bridge after all? The guide then told me that this crooked bridge was just as ancient as the Old Bridge in Mostar was.

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It is said that it is a mini version of the Old Bridge in Mostar. It is believed to have been built in 1558, eight years prior to the building of the great Old Bridge, it is believed to have been built as a trial for the bigger construction or the real Old Bridge.  The arch is a perfect semicircle measuring 8.56 m (28 ft.) wide and 4.15 m (13.6 ft.) tall. They probably built this beauty to see if the bridge would withstand weight and everything else that a bridge needs before building the bigger bridge.

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Walking through the crooked bridge, on its cobble stones on a hot summer day in Mostar, makes you feel like you’re somewhere in an ancient city, somewhere far from Bosnia, far from Europe…you get lost in the moment and in the place itself.

 

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