Mehmed Pasa Sokolović Bridge

Višegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge of Višegrad across the Drina River in the east of Bosnia and Herzegovina was built between 1571 and 1577 by the court architect Mimar Koca Sinan on the orders of Grand Vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolović. Characteristic of the apogee of Ottoman monumental architecture and civil engineering, the bridge has 11 masonry arches with spans of 11 m to 15 m, and an access ramp at right angles with four arches on the left bank of the river. The 179.5 m long bridge is a representative masterpiece of Sinan, one of the greatest architects and engineers of the classical Ottoman period and a contemporary of the Italian Renaissance, with which his work may be compared. The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the whole site bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture.

The bridge received UNESCO World Heritage Listing in 2007.

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Founded: 1571-1577
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Drazen Ruzic (usmc) (5 months ago)
Omg! If I ever ever have visited more depressed city then Visegrad...bridge is ok, looks nice and that's that. The rest...run!! But run!!
Milos Milanovic (9 months ago)
A bridge of immense historical and cultural value in this part of the world, popularized in Ivo Andric's "The Bridge on the Drina", a historical novel that was the main force behind its author's Nobel Prize for literature. Several sections of the bridge were destroyed, and some damaged, but a large part of it is still the original construction. It's now a strictly pedestrian bridge under UNESCO protection.
Lekovic Photography (10 months ago)
Nice place to visit. You can enjoy the terrace next to the bridge with a magnificent view to the Drina river.
valentina vujisic (11 months ago)
Amazing place with a great historical value. A bridge that resists all the negative impacts through out the yeras, centuries. Anyone who is traveling through Bosnia should pay a visit to this amazing bridge . Nearby there is a hotel with a terrace where you can rest and have something to eat. Teracce has an amazing view on the bridge and Drina river.
Kasturi Chatterjee (11 months ago)
A historical bridge with beautiful views. Highly recommended. It's totally worth a visit.
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