BRIDGE JUMPING IN MOSTAR
PICTURESQUE ISN’T IT? BUT WOULD YOU JUMP OFF THIS BRIDGE IN BOSNIA?
Maybe to the masses jumping off tall bridges is a sure-fire way to die, but in Mostar, bridge jumping is a way of life, and occasionally even a career.
Make your way across the ever-changing border of
Bosnia and Herzegovina
to experience the effortless beauty of the
. Regionally and internationally renowned for its cultural heritage and natural splendour, epic landscapes aren’t the only ingredient drawing travellers to the south of the country. The old town of
UNESCO World Heritage
home of the Mostar Diving Club; a small group of local
who have turned Mostar’s way of life, into a career….
Would you be crazy enough to jump off a bridge in Mostar?
Tourists flock to the stunning setting, some with plans to take
a giant plunge
. If you’re in the mood for an epic leap of faith, you
try to wow the crowd with a
of your own… But for a small fee these professional maniacs are happy to put on a bloody good show for you, hurling themselves 24-metres off Mostar’s most beloved architectural masterpiece….
Stari Most, The Old Bridge is a splendid stone arch that soars 30-metres across the torrent of the River Neretva, with all the grandeur one expects from anything that was commissioned by an Ottoman Emperor in the 16th century. The focal point of Mostar and an architectural masterpiece, the Old Bridge stood for 427 years until it was destroyed by Croatian artillery on November 9, 1993, after Yugoslavia imploded in a series of vicious civil wars that made Mostar’s river the frontline of a battle.
For centuries men had been making the leap off Mostar’s bridge to impress the ladies but in the aftermath of the war, a generation of girls went unimpressed. In 2004, the iconic bridge was reconstructed, returning Mostar to its former glory. As for the bridge jumping? Fortunately, the reappearance of Bosnia-Herzigovina’s most recognisable landmark, also restored the long tradition of male pea-cocking to the town’s star attraction and along with it, the official diving contest. Last year, when divers from several countries took the leap, it marked the 448th year of the annual diving competition.