Dubrovnik 2012

by Gethin Thomas July. 30, 2020 154 views

Our first time in Croatia. I remember all the terrible news coverage during the Balkan war and never thought one day we'd be going there on holiday.

In 1991, during the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik was besieged by the Yugoslav People's Army for seven months and suffered significant damage from shelling. After undergoing repair and restoration works in the 1990s and early 2000s, it re-emerged as one of the Mediterranean's top tourist destinations, as well as a popular filming location. It is difficult to believe walking around the old city today what it has been through so recently.

The old walled city of Dubrovnik.

This armoured vehicle named Majsan was constructed in the shipyard in 1991 and was used for the defense of Dubrovnik in the Croatian Homeland War (or Croatian War of Independence). A direct hit has melted the surface of the steel but protected those inside.

I've also included some pictures from Mostar which we visited on a day trip. Mostar is in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Throughout late 1992, tensions between Croats and Bosniaks increased in Mostar. In early 1993 the Croat–Bosniak War escalated and by mid-April 1993 Mostar had become a divided city with the western part dominated by HVO forces and the eastern part controlled by the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fighting broke out in May when both sides of the city came under intense artillery fire. The city was divided along ethnic lines, with a number of offensives taking place, resulting in a series of stalemates. The Croat–Bosniak conflict ended with the signing of the Washington Agreement in 1994, and the Bosnian War ended with the Dayton Agreement in 1995. Around 2,000 people died in Mostar during the war. It is difficult to imagine such a small place suffering that number of casualties. Mostar was still being renovated so there was still a lot of evidence of the war in the buildings.

Restored main Mosque in Mostar.

Traditional Muslim house interior.

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Jovana Lakic 4 months ago

Very interesting post, Gethin. I love the choice of details in your photos, excellent quality. I love both cities, I visited Dubrovnik and Mostar few times in the pre-war times, with my parents. I was lucky to see the authentic old bridge in Mostar, before it was damaged and to watch extremely brave people competing in the ‘best diving technique’- they would jump from 24 meters tall bridge, into the cold water of the Neretva river. Mostar was one of the most beautiful cities in the former Yugoslavia, due to its unique architecture and ethnical diversity. It might have changed now, but I would love to go there again.

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