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European Journal

Republika Srpska: Artificial Stonetown versus Ethnic Diversity

In Višegrad, the city famous for its historic bridge over the Drina River, artist Emir Kusturica is building a kind of Disneyland called ‘Andrićgrad’ or 'Stonetown'. It's to be a miniature Serbia, complete with orthodox churches -- mosques have no place in his plans.

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Kusturica has made a name for himself as a musician and a film director. But he simply views himself as an artist, who's constructing a world according to his own ideas. While Andrićgrad should give the city an economic boost, Muslim Bosniaks feel they're being mocked by the mini Serbia.