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Bosnia celebrates Turkish parliament's centenary

Iconic Mostar Bridge illuminated with colors of Turkish flag to commemorate event

Mustafa Talha Öztürk   | 22.04.2020
Bosnia celebrates Turkish parliament's centenary

BELGRADE, Serbia 

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s historic Mostar Bridge was illuminated with the colors of the Turkish flag late Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Turkey’s parliament. 

"The Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey marks its 100th anniversary. We are celebrating with joy,” the Turkish Consulate General in Mostar said in a statement. 

The Turkish Grand National Assembly was established on April 23, 1920.  

The Mostar Bridge was destroyed by intense artillery shelling launched by Croat forces on Nov. 8, 1993 and collapsed into the waters of the Neretva River the following day.  

It was built in 1566 in Mostar city by Mimar Hayreddin, a student of the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan.  

With the support of Turkey, it was rebuilt in accordance with the design of the original bridge in 2004.  

Mostar Bridge was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2005.

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