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The Kriva Ćuprija in Mostar

The Kriva Ćuprija in Mostar

In Mostar, there are two single-arch stone bridges – the bigger one, the Old Bridge, on the Neretva River, and another, smaller one, the Kriva Ćuprija, on the Radobolja River. 

The small single-arch stone bridge known as the Kriva Ćuprija (or the Crooked Bridge), which is still in a good condition, was built over the Radobolja River, 150 meters upstream from Neretva River. The bridge was built by Ćejvan, just before 1558 and it is older than the Old Bridge, which was built eight years later. According to the legend, The Kriva Ćuprija was the testing model by which the Old Bridge was build. With the Selim masjid and the Ćejvan Ćehajin mosque, the Kriva Ćuprija is the oldest preserved architectural monuments of Ottoman period in the area of Mostar. It is registered as the historical monument in 1969, but it was partly damaged during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1999 it was completely destroyed by the flood wave, and then fully restored in 2002. 


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