Prince Philip and Princess Danica of Serbia go to Mostar – Royal Central

Prince Philip, Princess Danica, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Kathrine. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

Over the weekend, Prince Philip and Princess Danica of Serbia visited the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina together with their son, Prince Stefan.

The royals began their visit to the Temple of the Resurrection of Christ in Prebilovci, built to commemorate the 4,000 Serbs who were killed there during World War II. In 1992 the memorial and the church in memory of those killed were completed. The visit then continued to the Ostrog Basilica in Blagaj, built in 1893. The church burned down during the Balkan War in June 1992 and was later rebuilt and opened in August 2016.

During the visit, Prince Philip and Princess Danica also spent time in the city’s deep wells, where a very special stone is located. One of the stones reads: “In King Alexander’s trusty treasure chest.” King Alexander of Yugoslavia also ruled over Bosnia and Herzegovina during his reign and is the great-grandfather of Prince Philip.

After visiting Mostar, Prince Philip made the following statement: “We are fascinated by the beauty of Mostar and the warm welcome we have received. We are grateful for the great Mostar Bridge. Here every stone testifies to the rich history of the city on the banks of the productive Neretva River. “

The bridge in Mostar. Photo: By I, Ramirez HUN, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

The prince and princess also visited the Church of Francisco and the Convent of St. Peter and Paul. The visit was completed at the Serbian Orthodox Cemetery, where Prince Philip and Princess Danica visited the grave of the famous Serbian poetess Aleksa Santic and the famous Serbian family Corovic.

Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of the most visited landmarks in the country and one of the most famous examples of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. Large parts of the city, including the famous bridge, were destroyed during the Balkan War in the 1990s, but the city was later rebuilt.

While more than 21,000 Serbs lived in the city in 1961, today there are fewer than 5,000 Serbs in Mostar, with a total population of 113,000.

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