After nearly two decades, Mostar is again the seat of the Eparchy of Zahumlje and Herzegovina of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The seat was temporarily transferred to Trebinje in the beginning of the 1992-1995 conflict, according to the SETimes website.
Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje and Herzegovina announced the return this month.
This revival of the Eparchy seat, according to Grigorije, is a "landmark moment for the Serb Orthodox Church." He urged all resettled Serbs to return to the town and reconstruct their homes.
Until 20 years ago, the Neretva River Valley area was home to both Serbs and Bosniaks. The 1991 census recorded about 24,000 Serbs living there. Today, there are around 5,000.
Since the 19th century, Mostar has hosted the seat of the Orthodox metropolitans of Herzegovina, and its episcopes have had seats in the major centers or cities.