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STORY OF THE PHOTO
I have planned my recent holidays as a round trip with a rented car across three countries. I intended to stay in six different hotels along the way. You have already seen the view from my hotel room in Nin, or the view from the terrace of the apartment I rented in Dubrovnik or the view similar to the one I had from the balcony of hotel in Sveti Stefan. This is the view from my hotel room in Mostar. The views from the hotel window were quite important to me because sometimes when travelling with a little child I couldn’t have as much time as I would like to for photographic walks so by having a great view from the hotel window I have ensured that I will be able to take at least one decent photo per location...
I have to say that in all but one hotel we have experienced exceptionally warm welcome. People we met in the hotel in Mostar were among the most friendly ones, plus the hotel was less than 5 minutes from the famous old bridge.

ABOUT THE TITLE
This is the morning view from my hotel room in Mostar.
Mostar with numerous minarets dotting the old town offers certainly quite extraordinary views in comparison with the rest of the Europe. With the promise from Saudi Arabia to pay for building 200 mosques in Germany, minarets will soon become more popular across the Europe.

WHAT YOU SEE HERE
The domes in the bottom right corner of the photo are Turkish Baths.
The Turkish public bath near the Tabačica mosque and the Tabhana (the town district encompassing leather processing workshops) was built between the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century in the classical Ottoman architectural style. It is the only Turkish bath still existing in Mostar and one of the few remaining examples in the whole of Herzegovina.The Hammam comprises a central room used as an antechamber, an intermediate space (tepidarium) and the room for the bath itself, called calidarium. This type of building is conceived for a purely functional, public use without any pretence to opulence: the external parts usually have no decorations and, surrounding the Turkish bath, there often stands a mosque, an Islamic school or a public kitchen. The Cejvan Ćehajin Hamam has no windows and has a roof made of domes designed to protect the privacy of its users. At the end of the Ottoman era, the Bath ceased to be used and, restored during the reconstruction of the historic centre, thanks to the aid of France and Turkey, it is nowadays used to host exhibitions and cultural events.

The closest minaret (in the left) marks Hadži-Kurtova džamija (mosque). This mosque was built between the 16th and 17th centuries, as desired by Hajji Kurt, member of the ancient Mostar Kurt family. Standing on the right bank of the Neretva River, about 100 metres from the Old Bridge, this mosque was next to the antque Tabhana, the district where leather processing workshops were once found; and this fact reveals the mystery of its name, deriving actually from the term Tabaci (leather tanners). A row of small shops and its location make the Tabačica mosque one of the most frequently visited in Mostar.

The further minaret is most probably of Nezir-Agina Mosque.

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