Cliff diving in a place where diving from great heights has been a tradition for four-and-a-half centuries and surrounded by a fanatical crowd of spectators. A hand selected group of 14 of the world’s most elite cliff divers were part of the first ever World Series competition at the ‘Stari Most’, the old bridge of Mostar, and the country’s most recognizable landmark last season.
Built in the 16th century, the iconic Stari Most, which means ‘old bridge’, gracefully arches over the emerald water of Neretva River, connecting two parts of the old town in Mostar. On both sides surrounded by fortified towers, it fits seamlessly into the landscape, creating an impressive sight. This single span stone bridge seems to look different when viewed from different perspectives.
Eternalized in the city’s flag and coat of arms, life in Mostar has been centred on the humpback bridge ever since its construction in the 16th century. Iconic ‘Stari Most’ is a place where young men from Mostar prove their courage in a sort of maturity test, and the tradition of the diving competitions is almost 450 years old. Equally iconic as the bridge, is the image of a diver soaring through the air from the bridge towards the fast and cold water of Neretva River