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Visegrad

Visegrad is a settlement and center of the municipality of the same name in the eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the banks of the River Drina. In this ancient city – mentioned for the first time in 15th-century writings – there is a long history that has been preserved to this day in the form of impressive buildings. In the middle of that century, the city was conquered and ruled by the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years. During those years, the Ottomans designed the face of the city so that even today every tourist who visits can see a variety of sites from that period. One of the remains that have existed here since the Ottoman period is the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, built in the late 16th century from 11 arches, and declared in 2007 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bridge on the Drina is a heritage of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic (in Turkish Sokollu Mehmed Paşa, 1505. or 1506-1579). He is one of the greatest Ottoman war generals by origin from Bosnia.

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