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If these walls could talk, Sniper Tower Pt. II

This ist the second of a two part series about the Sniper Tower in Mostar, Bosnia i Hercegovina. You’ll find the first series with basic information right here.

Getting into the Sniper Tower might be quite tricky, but it’s worth it. From the main square turn to the left ally and follow it to the end of the building, then go around the corner and right here there should be some stone blocks enabling you to cross the wall and enter into the eerie site. I highly recommend to do it at daylight, first of all because you are able to enjoy the beautiful views on the upper floors, secondly and most importantly it’s supposed to be a hotspot for druggies at night and obviously there is no police here to take care of you. So be cautious and watch your steps. The place is especially well known for it’s graffiti art, some of the pieces can be seen below.

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Mostar: Divided City

During the Bosnian war 1992 – 1995 the historic city of Mostar found itself in the center of fights first between Bosnianak-Croation and Serbian troops and later between Muslims and Catholics. During the conflict large parts of the city were destroyed and many civilians lost their life. The destroyed bridge of Mostar especially became a well known symbol of the conflict. It was built by the Ottomans and stood here for hundreds of years connecting the Muslim and the Christian parts of the city, before being blown to pieces for unknown reasons. A couple of years ago the Mostar bridge was rebuilt, but many remnants of the war remain present in the city making it an eerie but very interesting place to visit. The wounds are heeling slowly, but still Mostar is a visible example for what can happen when once peaceful neighbours suddenly turn against each other for religious or ethnic reasons. Up until today the city remains divided.

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Discovering Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the largest and most important town of the Alsace region in France, situated at the river Rhein close Germany. Historically the region as the town itself was contested between these two major European powers and both cultures are visible in the urban landscape up until today. Large parts of the old town consist of bourgeois houses with timber framing, which are also characteristic for the neighbouring Schwarzwald region in Germany (pictures 1, 5, 7). Other parts of the town like the Gothic churches and neoclassic museums (pictures 3, 4) on the other hand recall similar buildings in Paris. Strasbourg is a lovely town and surely an interesting melange of European cultures.

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Perspectives on Warsaw

Warsaw may not be a beautiful city in the traditional sense of the word, but it sure is a very interesting and vibrant place. Built up from the ashes in the 1950s it was constructed with communist ideals und new technological developments in mind. The streets are broad and made for a lot of traffic, while residential buildings rise up in the sky surrounded by a surprising amount of green. Since the 90s Warsaw is the undisputed capital of capitalism in Poland, so many new skyscrapers were built since then. Nowadays the communist and capitalist structures form an interesting although at times contradictory symphony.

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