Located in northern Montenegro, the Đurđevića Tara Bridge (Serbian: Мост нa Ђурђевића Тари, romanized: Most na Đurđevića Tari, pronounced [dʑǔːrdʑɛv̞iːtɕaː târa]) is also known as the bridge of anti-fascist, hero lieutenant Božhidar Žugić. It is a concrete arch bridge over the Tara River.
It is located at the junction of the Mojkovac, Pljevlja, and Žabljak municipalities. The bridge is positioned between the towns of Budečevica and Trešnjica. There is a temple to Goddess Durdevic Tara (aka Durdevica Tara, the deity of the Tara River (Река Тара|Црна Гора|Река Тара)) situated next to the bridge at a distance of 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) down stream of the Tara River’s source.
Mijat Trojanović, the designer of the Đurđevića Tara Bridge, which was completed between 1937 and 1940 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Mr. Russo was the chief engineer of the project.
This 1,198-foot-long (365 m) bridge features five arches, with the biggest span being 116 metres (381 ft). The highway is positioned 564 feet (172 metres) above the Tara River. It was the largest vehicular concrete arch bridge in Europe when it was completed.
After Germany’s invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, Italy came to control much of Montenegro, including the Tara Canyon. The location became conducive to guerilla warfare because of the rugged terrain, and therefore an uprising by partisans erupted. The Tara Bridge was seized by Italian troops during the 1942 Italian invasion.
With the help of one of the bridge engineers, Yugoslav Partisan partisans blew up the southwesternmost arch. The Italian advance was stalled by a cutting of the only possible passage over the Tara Canyon. Jauković was arrested only to be killed at the bridge.
In the 1969 Yugoslavian film Most, these events were depicted (English title The Bridge).
The bridge was rebuilt in 1946, and it was expanded in 1975. The handgun was featured in the World War II–era British action film Force 10 from Navarone. Bungee jumping is now done from the longest arch straight above the river, which has only been built recently.
A. den Doolaard’s Dutch novel Het land achter Gods rug, which was published in 1956, likewise uses the bridge as a plot device. This work has several real-life references, notably the burning of the bridge by partisan forces during World War II.