Višegrad is located in the very east of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 km from the Serbian border and it's an important place for the history of many empires that existed here. The most important site is the bridge across Drina in Višegrad, endowment of the great vizier Mehmed-paša Sokolović. The construction of the bridge lasted since 1571 till 1577 and it is considered to be architectural master piece of the epoch. It was built by the famous Turkish architect Kozda Mimar Sinan. Bridge length is 179,5 m and it consists of the stone and tuff which was brought from the Višegrad Spa. There used to be a house with the wooden gate and the bridge guard in the middle of the bridge, therefore this part of the bridge is called the gate.
Ivo Andrić, recipient of the Noble prize for literature, in his novel "Bridge across Drina" spoke about the bridge and the period of construction. Andrićgrad, the town dedicated to the Nobel prize winner was built by the movie director Emir Kusturica and the government of the republic of Srpska, is located on the peninsula between the rivers Drina and Rzav, roughly 300 m from the bridge. Stroll through Andrićgrad is a certain type of the time traveling. There in one place you can see the dominant architectural styles of the Byzantine, Turkish and Austria-Hungarian empires. Andrićgrad offers its visitors a handful of tourist, educational and cultural content.