Stari Most (Old Bridge in Bosnian), was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and is considered to be one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. It was shelled to bits during the Bosnian War, but rebuilt to its original form after hostilities ceased. For generations, male teenagers were expected to jump from the bridge into the river below as a rite of passage. Though the practice ceased during the war years, it was resurrected once tourism began to return to the country. During the tourist season, young men of the town make the jump whenever enough people have tossed money into a passed hat. Stari Most is the uncontested symbol of the city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina.