The Mostar stone bridge is featured in the ghostly image on the backside of this banknote, dated August 15, 1994. It is enlarged below, where it appears even more ghost-like.
Our banknote is dated August 15, 1994; whereas the bridge, illustrated on our banknote, was reported destroyed, in this article, dated November 10, 1993, 9 months earlier.
The bridge dates from 1566, 450 years, four and a half centuries. It is a Bridge of Time. It connects us today to our History, lest we forget. And it connects our forebearer builders to their future; imagine their pride. It is a Bridge of Life. It provides the only route to drinking water for the townspeople.
Sixty artillery shells killed the bridge on November 8, 1993. Ghostlike, this image hovers above our banknote, a haunting reminder of beauty lost, a Specter of war.
It is rebuilt now, and the memories of that nightmare are fading. The bridge is replaced. It looks almost the same, but it is not the same. People are crossing the bridge again, but they are not the same. Money replaced the bridge, but not the war lost lives. Money repaired the bridge, but not the war scarred psyches of the survivors.
“From whence come wars and fightings among you?” From whence, indeed. Like a demon from the Abyss, War periodically seeks to walk among the living. It is a great evil; to be resisted with great effort.
For a fine video about it’s reconstruction as a UNESCO world heritage site, please click this youtube link.