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In his acclaimed novel "Bridge on the Drina", Ivo Andric recalls a story being told about the first bridge and this bridge.


"While the earth was still just as it had come from God's hands, damp and soft as unbaked clay, the devil stole up and scratched the face of God's earth with his nails as much and as deeply as he could. Therefore, the story says, deep rivers and ravines were formed which divided one district from another and kept people apart, preventing them from travelling on that earth that God had given them as a garden for their food and their support. And God felt pity when he saw what the Accursed One had done, but was not able to return to the task which the devil had spoiled with his nails, so God sent his angels to help people and make things easier for them. When the angels say how unfortunate men could not pass those abysses and ravines to finish the work they had to do, but tormented themselves and looking in vain and shouted from one side to the other, the angels spread their wings above those places and men were able to cross. So people learned from the angels of God how to build bridges, and therefore, after fountains, the greatest blessing is to build a bridge and the greatest sin to interfere with one, for every bridge, from a tree trunk crossing a mountain stream to this great bridge of Mehmed Pasha, has its guardian angel who cares for it and maintains it as long as God has ordained that it should stand."
-- - From The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric.

The book won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1961. This famous bridge still retains its medieval Ottoman character and is certainly one of the greatest cultural monuments of the Upper Drina region.




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