Mortal Cities – the irreversible disappearance of Mostar

Cities seem immortal. But what if you find out that a city – your city – isn’t immortal at all? What was the part of architecture for the duration of the war in Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and what impact did the destruction of the city have on its inhabitants?

Mortal Cities - the irreversible disappearance of Mostar

As a adhere to up to the article ‘Mortal Cities and Forgotten Monuments‘ about the part of the monuments commemorating the victims of fascism in former Yugoslavia, this write-up will focus on the position architecture has played throughout the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992 – 1995), focusing especially on the city of Mostar, partly owing to its private significance. In September 1993, in the midst of the civil war, I fled Bosnia-Herzegovina jointly with my parents. In the summertime of 1999, we came back to visit the place. That summer, and numerous much more following it, we visited metropolitan areas like Sarajevo and Mostar. Complete of ponder I studied the demolished cities and structures. It was, and still is, a unique encounter to pay a visit to a city in this kind of a issue.

Architecture has a strong affect on people’s emotions. Each and every one of us has properties, streets or squares in our atmosphere to which we are, consciously or unconsciously, extremely a lot attached. Frequently we presume that the city we reside in will always be there. We presume the place of work we work at, the university constructing we are taught in, the supermarket we do our shopping at and the developing we live in will in no way disappear. We also presume that the monuments that have been a element of the towns we stay in for generations will never be long gone.

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