Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Formerly one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, and today suffering geographical division of ethnic groups, the city was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of Yugoslavia. At the beginning of the war, air strikes destroyed many important buildings and structures, damaging the city historical core. The Old Bridge, a symbol of Mostar was damaged first by JNA forces during 1992, and on 9th November 1993 utterly destroyed by Croatian Defence Council tanks positioned on Hum hill after two days of heavy shelling. Mostar has been most famous for this beautiful historic Ottoman-style bridge, which spanned the Neretva river in what is considered the historic center of the city. Through combined efforts with the international community, rebuilding of The Old Bridge was completed in 2004, almost 11 years after its destruction, using some of its original pieces recovered from the Neretva river. A significant portion of the city has been rebuilt and visitors might be surprised to see that this formerly war-torn city is a lively and beautiful destination once again, particularly the area within and around the old town. However, many visible signs of Mostar's troubled recent history remain.