• Sarajevo

  • Sarajevo is a city where strangers can feel like at home. Even the expansion of the city by large buildings could not take away the charm of countless cafes and abiding tradition of hospitality.
    The city's has its own pace of everyday life, it has a unique atmosphere that simply slid into your soul. This city epitomizes a partial centuries-old struggle against impact from the side, but certainly their acceptance to a certain extent, combine them into one of the most diverse cultures to be found in Europe.
    Indeed, few places on earth can boast of the Catholic and Orthodox church, a mosque and a synagogue, which are located just an easy walk from one another. If there is a city in Europe that effortlessly straddles east and west, it is Sarajevo. Here the Byzantine and Ottoman empires of the east and the Roman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires of the west left an indelible mark on the culture, tradition and religion. Walk through Sarajevo is a walk through its history. From the oriental Ottoman quarters, sweet shops, cafés and handicraft workshops, to the administrative and cultural center of the Austro-Hungarian times, Sarajevo encompasses the best of both worlds. In Sarajevo, people have time for family and friends. Here it is said that a man's wealth is not measured by what he owns, but how many friends he has - here people spend their time on the friendship.

    Attractions:

     Baščaršija Sebilj is the famous square where one of the city’s major drinking fountains is, and it is always surrounded by pigeons. The Ottoman governor who ruled Bosnia, Hajji Mehmed-pasha Kukavica built the first fountain on Baščaršija 1753. Fountain in 1891 to the current location shifted architect Alexander Vitek, who had reconstructed it in the Moorish style, as well as a copy of the stone sebilj of Constantinople.

      Kazandžiluk is known for its trade and production of kettles. Here you will find antiques, handmade copper utensils with oriental decorations and ornaments, and souvenirs.

     Baščaršija mosque - The official name of the mosque is Havadža Durak, it was built in 1530. This mosque calls for prayer by live azaan, while mystical sounds spread across the market-place. 

     City Hall was built during the Austro-Hungarian period Bosnia and Herzegovina. The building was shelled and priceless centuries of literary and historical treasures went up in flames. Today City Hall is fully renovated and open for visitors.

     Old Orthodox Church, which is often simply called the old church, was built in the 1539/40. The Church museum has a large number of icons, frescoes and other relics that have been in the past taken from other Orthodox churches in Sarajevo. 

     The promenade Ferhadija is probably the most charming part of the city, stretches from Sebilj, in the heart of Baščaršija to the Eternal Flame in the city center. Ferhadija is almost always filled with people strolling, window-shopping or casual conversation.

     Moric han - Han served as overnight stay for traders who came from near and afar and it served as a warehouse, and accommodation for horses. 

     Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque is located near the Moric Han and is the most important Islamic building in the whole of BiH. Probably the finest example of Ottoman Islamic architecture in the whole Balkan Peninsula was built by Persian architect Adzem Asir Ali who was a leading architect of the time throughout the empire. The style in which the mosque was built mimics the style of the early Istanbul mosque. 

     Brusabezistan - Beautiful Oriental Department Store, a bazaar with the long hall, covered with six domes, was the center of the silk trade that was brought from Bursa. Dubrovnik masons in 1551 helped built a building on the draft of the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha. 

     Jewish museum - Sephardic Jews who settled in Sarajevo, soon became recognized merchants within the Ottoman Empire. The first temple, old temple, was built in 1581, no less than an expectancy of the persecution of the Jews from Spain. 

     Catholic Cathedral was completed in 1889 when Austria gained full control of the city. There the Pope held a mass in 1997 during his visit to Sarajevo. 

     Bosnian Institute - The Institute is dedicated to the history of the Bosnian Muslims, Bosniaks. This is an interesting place where you can see old documents, and read about famous Muslim writers and historians, and it offers an interesting insight into the national identity of Bosnian Muslims. 

     Congregational Church - This is the largest Orthodox church in Sarajevo. The church is a mix of baroque and Byzantine-Orthodox style. The church was consecrated on the day of St. Elias on August 2, 1872. 

     Eternal Flame is a memorial to those who gave their lives in the struggle against fascism. 

     Museum Despic House – A house from the Ottoman period that belonged to Serbian traders and which has been preserved in its original form.

     A Latin Bridge - often called Princip Bridge, since there Gavrilo Princip on Vidovdan, June 28, 1914 attempted to kill Prince Ferdinand and his wife. This event caused the Austria to declare war on Serbia, and soon began the First World War. Monument to Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg was built in 1917 but then was demolished in 1918. Bridge after the 1918 is unofficially dubbed "Princip Bridge". 

     Emperor's Mosque - The original mosque was built in 1457 as a gift to Sultan Mohammed II. It was built by Isa Bey Ishakovic who built the famous Saraj by which Sarajevo is named. Today's mosque was built in 1566 on the orders of Suleiman the Magnificent.

     The Spite House is one of the best traditional restaurants in the city. The house was originally built on the other bank of the river, hence its name.

     Svrzina house - House / Museum is an outstanding example of the rich bey's house which resembles an authentic Ottoman house from the 18th century. High walls around the garden protect the intimate lives of the rich bey. The balconies are made of intriguing carved wood, and large living rooms where which are typical for houses from this period.

     Ilidza Alley - Attractive promenade spreads in length of 3.5km from the spa and tourist complex Ilidza to Vrelo Bosna. Alley consists of 726 trees of European plane, planted in 2 rows in 1892, and dozens of horse chestnut trees that were planted in 1888. This green "tunnel" has always represented a real tourist attraction and a monument to nature.




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