So many times I have been to this country… most recently I have visited Sarajevo as my friends were getting married…

This time I will not upload the map of the country, as Sarajevo is the Olympic city and should be known to many of travellers…

Let me start with the most beautiful thing in Sarajevo: the¬†BaŇ°ńćarŇ°ija!

BaŇ°ńćarŇ°ija – old bazaar of Sarajevo

Sarajevo’s old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. BaŇ°ńćarŇ°ija was built in the 15th century when¬†Isa-Beg Isakovińᬆ(Ottoman¬†general of¬†Bosnian¬†origin and the first governor of the¬†Ottoman province of Bosnia) founded the town.¬†The word BaŇ°ńćarŇ°ija derives from the¬†Turkish language. The word “baŇü” in Turkish literally means “head“, in some contexts however also “primary“, “main“, “capital” and “√ßarŇüńĪ” in Turkish means “bazaar” or “market“.

Macedonian bestie and me strolling the streets of Sarajevo

If you stroll through the puzzled streets of¬†BaŇ°ńćarŇ°ija, grab a coffee or shisha and watch buy some trinkets from the cute shops which line the small Old Town lanes. Nearly half¬†of Sarajevans are there to enjoy their time too.

Hidden gems of BaŇ°ńćarŇ°ija
Typicall coffee place in Sarajevo: kafa aand rahatluk
Coffee and Sisha

Sarajevo City Hall was designed in 19th century by czech architect (Bosnia and Herzegowina was back then part of Habsburg Empire) but criticized by austrian minister cause of the facade style.

It is the largest and most representative building of the Austro-Hungarian period in Sarajevo. GThe building is placed at the banks of the river Miljacka.

City Hall on the banks of river Miljacka
City Hall interior
Mauri style of City Hall

Very close by is¬†¬†an¬†Ottoman¬†bridge¬†called Latin ńáuprija over the river¬†Miljacka. The northern end of the bridge was the site of¬†the assassination¬†of¬†Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria¬†by¬†Gavrilo Princip¬†in 1914, which became¬†casus belli¬†of¬†World War I.

Latin bridge/ ńáuprija ocer river Miljacka and the Museum of Assasination of Arcduke Franz Ferdinand and beginning or World War I¬†
Latin ńáuprija
Latin ńáuprija and river Miljacka
A memorial plaque to the murder of the Habsburg prince Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip 

Being a huge fan of history and politics, we entered the museum. I was fascinated by the failed diplomacy and ultimatums of the then superpowered countries that brought the world into the biggest war known by that time.

Talking about historical facts, I was fascinated by the Inat Kuńáa¬†¬†– House of Spite, also very close to City Hall. The story says that¬†during the rule of Austria-Hungary monarchy, the Habsburgs wanted to build City Hall and by that to demolish the very same house, but the owner was against that and house was moved to the other side of the river in its original form. Brick by brick, stone by stone. ūüôā

Spite House

Nowadays a restaurant, one can eat local food like ńćevapńćińái with kajmak¬†(Bosnia and Herzegowina were under Ottoman rule long time, thereby muslim religion left huge impact, as well on the food and beverage habits) or burek – no pork meal.

Oe of the fascinating sites in Sarajevo is¬†Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque built in 16th century as the largest historical mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most representative¬†Ottoman structures¬†in the Balkans. Being the central Sarajevan mosque since the days of its construction, today it also serves as the main congregational mosque of the¬†Islamic community of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the¬†BaŇ°ńćarŇ°ija neighborhood¬†in the¬†Stari Grad (Old town)¬†municipality and, being one of main architectural monuments in the town, it is regularly visited by tourists.

Entrance to Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque
Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque

Especially beautiful is the fountain in the courtyard.

The fountain in the courtyard of the mosque
My friends at fountain taking the Holy Water ‚̧

Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque was the first mosque in the world to receive electricity and electric illumination in 1898 during the period of Austro-Hungarian Empire.



Another museum that I need to stress out it the Museum of Srebrenica. As my country of Croatia together with Bosnia and Herzegowina were attacked in 1991, on my birthday in 1995 the biggest massacre and genocide after World War II happened over muslim people in Bosnia.


More than 8,000¬†Muslim¬†Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, in and around the town of¬†Srebrenica were killed¬†during the¬†Bosnian War. The 16 years old boy’s boes were found in 4 different mass graves.

Nowadays, the happenig is discussed at International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), located in the Hague, as  a crime under international law.

In 2005, Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the United Nations (who failed to protect) described the mass murder as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War.



Inside the Museum of Srebrenica massacre
Mirror in the elevator of Museum

Once you get Sarajevo, the city where the Western & Eastern Roman Empire split; where the people of the Roman Catholic west, Eastern Orthodox east and the Ottoman south, met, lived and warred – and nowadays live again together – I suggest you the climb the hills of Sarajevo and visit the fort Bijela Tabija (White Fortress).

Bijela Tabija

It is an old fort overlooking the historic core of Sarajevo and a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The forthress was built in 16th century as eastern natural entrance to Sarajevo.

From there you can visit some of the coffee places and enjoy the view. You may re-think about Sarajevo as an example of historical turbulence and the clash of civilizations, as well as a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance through multi-cultural integration.

View on Sarajevo


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