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A Tale of Two Bridges

March 29, 2013

I keep coming back to Sarajevo; it’s the perfect weekend destination from Bratunac. I love this contrast between two of Sarajevo’s bridges, which face one another. One was designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, THAT Eiffel) and the other, Festina lente, was built just last year, designed by three students from the Arts Academy next to the bridge. (While it was under construction, late one night, some friends and I sneaked across!) There is a small collection of padlocks on the Eiffel bridge– maybe some day I’ll add a padlock of my own.

eiffel shadows



Festina lente was controversial because it blocks the view of the lovely Arts Academy building from the front. But I love it. The inscription has the bridge’s name and its Bosnian translation– make haste slowly. (If you look carefully at photos of both bridges, you can just spot the other bridge in the background…)

pozuri polako


new bridge

bridge view


6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2013 4:31 pm

    What gorgeous bridges! It would be such a special thing to add your own personal padlock to the bridge!

  2. March 29, 2013 4:58 pm

    Such cool photos! I especially like the patterns from the shadows. Did you take Billington’s bridges course with me? This so reminds me of it!

  3. April 1, 2013 8:37 am

    Dobro izgleda!

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