Mostar's Old Bridge was built in the middle of the 16th century by an Ottoman architect, crossing the River Neretva. It was guarded by the mostari, after whom the town was eventually named, and was seen as an important symbol for the meeting of east and west.
During a siege in the Bosnian War, Croatian forces destroyed much of Mostar, including the bridge. It was rebuilt again between 1999 and 2004 according to the original design. This project was funded by the governments of the Netherlands, United States, Turkey, Italy and Croatia. In 2005, UNESCO named the bridge on its World Heritage List, along with the surrounding neighbourhoods.