05 December 2015


Sarajevo- a place where Orient met Occident in the heart of the Balkans.
Once I was in Sarajevo in 1984, a few days after the end of the Winter Olympics.Those were happier days; we were young and carefree.We lived in the same country and we haven't thought about war.Thirty years later, Sarajevo is not the same city, and we have also changed. I tried not to think about the war and created classifications among people; unfortunately the reminders are everywhere. It was raining (snowing) whole weekend, so the atmosphere seemed even sadder. But Sarajevo is a special city, whose citizens are accustomed to the coexistence of different nations and religions. I hope one day Sarajevo will be an Olympic city again.  
City tour should begin at Basčaršija.
The name Baščaršija (Turkish = main market, trading area) is now used for the entire artisan-trade area in the heart of old Sarajevo.
Sebilj -kiosk shaped public fountain, a major symbol of the city. 
Havadža Durak Mosque, better known as Baščaršija Mosque

Morića Han (inn) is only remaining caravanserai
GaziHusrev Bey’s Mosque, or Bey’s Mosque, was built in the center of Baščaršija in 1530.
Shadirwan Fountain-Šadrvan
Old Clock Tower is 30 meters high  and it is the only public clock in the world that keeps lunar time (“à la Turk”) to indicate the times for the daily prayers.
The Gazi Husrev Beg Library
 Kurshumli Madrasah- Kuršumlija
The Gazi Husrev-Beg Madrasah- is the oldest educational institution of its kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The best ćevapčići at Ćevabdzinica „Petica“Ferhatović 
Gazi Husrev Bey’s Bezistan – market place-was at the center of trade in Sarajevo during the Ottoman period.
Tašlihan (Stone Inn), was built at the same time as Bezistan.
Baklava is required in Sarajevo
The Old Jewish Temple, also known as the Old Synagogue and the Great Temple (Il Kal Grandi)
It was built at the end of the 16th century. Today it is the Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and an annex of the Museum of Sarajevo.  
"Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures" is a border  between two cultures - two empires. On one side Ottoman architecture ends and on the other side Austro - Hungarian architecture starts.
Ferhadija – the popular pedestrianized street, borders with the Ottoman part of the city.
The Cathedral of Jesus’ Sacred Heart, was built in 1889. Inspiration for the design of cathedral was the Notre Dame Cathedral in Dijon and St.Teyn Cathedral in Prague.
Sarajevo Rose   
Austro - Hungarian architecture
The Vječna vatra is a memorial to those who liberated Sarajevo during World War II.
Congregational Church of the Holy Mother is the largest Orthodox church in Sarajevo. 
The Latin Bridge
 A few meters from this bridge Gavrilo Princip  assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofie. This incident, known as the Sarajevo Assassination, led to the beginning of the First World War.
City Hall (Vijećnica) is the most extravagant building constructed in Sarajevo during Austro-Hungarian occupation.The unique Pseudo-Moorish architectural style is the perfect blend of the Orient and Occident. 
Šeherija-Šeher-ćehajina Ćuprija
The Emperor’s Mosque is Sarajevo’s oldest mosque and one of the oldest in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Emperor's Bridge
House of Spite-Inat kuća
Ali Pasha’s Mosque 
Sarajevo War Tunnel (Tunnel of Hope)
The only connection the besieged city had with the outside world until the end of the war.
The natural monument, Vrelo Bosne- about 15 kilometers from the center of Sarajevo. It is the source of the Bosna River. Has been a favorite outing destination  for the past 100 years.
Modern architecture:
Sarajevo City Center
BBI Shopping Center
The twin towers- commonly called Momo (Serbian name) and Uzeir (Bosniak name).

The Holiday Inn Hotel
The Academy of Fine Arts- one of  loveliest buildings.It was originally built to serve as an Evangelical Church.
Very cool bar -Zlatna ribica
In the morning, we were surprised by snow.
The Yellow Fortress-one of the fortifications that made up the defensive wall of the old town, Vratnik.
How to start your morning in Sarajevo? Of course with the Bosnian coffee.Bosanska kahva is served with Turkish delight –rahatlokum
And of course, you can not leave Sarajevo and not try burek, sirnica, zeljanica or krompiruša.

The legend says that any traveler who drinks water from it is sure to return to Sarajevo.

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