What is worth seeing in Sarajevo?
The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in the 15th century by the Ottoman Turks, has featured several times in the pages of great history. This happened, among others, in 1914. At that time, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the Habsburg heir to the throne, was assassinated here – an event which is considered to be the direct cause of the First World War. It is also associated with the longest and bloodiest siege in European history after the Second World War – the siege of Sarajevo during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995). Despite many difficult moments in its history, the beautifully located Sarajevo captivates with its unique atmosphere and offers numerous attractions. So what places are worth seeing during your visit in this city?
Sarajevo – the most interesting attractions
One of the most popular places in Sarajevo is the Baščaršija Market located in the Old City. This is a rather unusual bazaar, with stone stalls, many of which have access to their own courtyards. In the centre of the market is the Sebilj well, which is a remnant of one of the first waterworks in Europe.
You cannot leave Sarajevo without visiting the Oriental Town Hall, which the locals call Vijećnica. It was minutes after leaving the City Hall that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed, and the assassination was carried out on the Latin Bridge. After World War II the Town Hall housed the National Library, which was bombed during the civil war, resulting in the destruction of most of the books and manuscripts.
Sarajevo was a multicultural city, this heritage is obvious from the number of religious buildings established here by the followers of Islam, Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Judaism. At the central point of the Old Town is the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, which was the first in the world to be electrically illuminated (1898). Next to the mosque is the Clock Tower, which shows the time according to the lunar clock (the only one in Europe!). Sarajevo is also home to other mosques worth visiting, including the Imperial Mosque and the Ferhadija Mosque. Sarajevo’s religious buildings also include the Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady or the Sarajevo Synagogue.
If you want to admire the panorama of Sarajevo, be sure to take the cable car to Trebević Hill. An important and tragic site in the city is the Markale Market, which was shelled twice during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina – in 1994 and 1995. Sarajevo is also home to the Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide. It is an institution gathering knowledge about the tragic civil war that took place here, containing many testimonies and memorabilia from the siege of the city.
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