Mostar Bridge is a historical bridge on the Neretva river, which passes through the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The original bridge was built in 1566 by Mimar Hayreddin, a student of Mimar Sinan, and was used for 427 years until it was destroyed by Croatian forces on November 9, 1993 during the Bosnian-Croatian War. Architect Hayreddin used 456 blocks of stone for the bridge. The bridge gave its name to the surrounding city and Mostar became the main city of the Herzegovina region. A project was prepared to rebuild the bridge and it was put into service on 23 July 2004 for those who want to see the new bridge. The historical bridge was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.