ⓘ Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge. The Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge is a historic bridge in Visegrad, over the Drina River in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was ..

Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge

ⓘ Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge

The Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge is a historic bridge in Visegrad, over the Drina River in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was completed in 1577 by the Ottoman court architect Mimar Sinan on the order of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic. UNESCO included the bridge in its 2007 World Heritage List.


1. Characteristics

It is characteristic of the apogee of Turkish monumental architecture and civil engineering. It numbers 11 masonry arches, with spans of 11 to 15 meters, and an access ramp at right angles with four arches on the left bank of the river.

The 179.5-meter-long 589 ft bridge is a representative masterpiece of Mimar Sinan, one of the greatest architects and engineers of the classical Ottoman period and a contemporary of the Italian Renaissance, with which his work can be compared. The UNESCO summary states: The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the property as a whole bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture.


2. History

The Visegrad Bridge was commissioned by Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic, who exercised power over a long period at the summit of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of three sultans as a tribute to his native region and a symbol of trade and prosperity. Construction of the bridge took place between 1571 and 1577. Major renovations of the bridge have taken place in 1664, 1875, 1911, 1940 and 1950–52. Three of its 11 arches were destroyed during World War I and five were damaged during World War II but subsequently restored.

The bridge received UNESCO World Heritage Listing in 2007.


The Turkish International Co-operation and Development Agency TIKA provided 3.5 million euros for the restoration of the Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge. Representatives of TIKA, the BiH Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO, the Republika Srpska Cultural Ministry and the Visegrad municipality signed an agreement to renovate the bridge on 19 April 2010.

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