Mostar Bridge

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Mimar Hayrüddin

Bosnia and Herzegovina; 1557–66

Taking its names from the Balkan Mountains, the Balkan peninsula is the most easterly of the three main peninsulas of Europe – the others being Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and Italy. It has been governed as a part of several empires. Slavs settled there, followed by mobile populations connected with the Holy Roman Empire, run from Vienna; the Byzantine Empire, run from Constantinople; and the Ottoman Empire, run from Istanbul (as Constantinople had become).

Differences in local histories and loyalties have produced a mixed population that includes various ethnic groups of different ...

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