Fireworks Celebrate Re-Building of 16th Century Bridge

Residents of the Bosnoan city of Mostar are celebrating the re-opening of an historic bridge across the Neretva River The original bridge was built in 1566 and then destroyed during the Bosnian War.

Suleiman the Magnificent commissioned the bridge across the river in the 16th century. Now, 11 years after the historic structure was destroyed, a new bridge, created from white marble taken from the original quarry and brought to the site by Turkish engineers, takes its place. The new bridge cost US$15 million and is an exact replica of the original.