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Šantić's Street in Mostar

Šantić's Street in Mostar

Šantić Street in Mostar is the most famous place based on love and war close encounters and conflicts of former friends, where the most intense fights between Croatians and Bosnians took place.

It was named after poet Aleksa Šantić, who lived here during the last years of Ottoman reign and in the early years of Austro-Hungarian rule.

Aleksa Šantić was deeply in love with Muslim girl called Emina, but they could not get married because he was much older than her and because they were of different religions. She was the love of his life, but they could not be together, so he wrote a song in his sorrow. This song is now the famous sevdalinka (traditional love song), which is well-known in the whole region. 

Due to the severity of the war tragedy, twenty years later a radio-bridge was established by Studio 88, to connect once again the warriors from the firing lines that had been established on both pavements of this street. If you take a walk along this street, you can still see the consequences of the last war, especially on the buildings. In this street, which is one of the symbols of Mostar's divisions, the huge parts of the residential buildings are still awaiting for the final restoration. 


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