Mostar was my very first experience in a Muslim city. The views were breathtaking. There is nothing quite like the sight of an ancient bridge spanning the Neretva River or a minaret piercing the sky just two blocks from the cross-topped steeple of Franciscan Church of Sts. Peter and Paul. There is no sound quite as piercing as the call to prayer - especially with a background of church bells.
The most famous symbol of Mostar is the Stari Most. For more than 400 years, it had become a stone symbol for the way the diverse faiths and cultures here were able to bridge the gaps that divided them. It was completely destroyed in the 1993 war and has been rebuilt with international help. The modern craftsmen used only materials and techniques that would have been available when the bridge was originally constructed in 1557.