The ancient Ottoman Market is one of the symbols of Sarajevo and since 1960 is a tourist attraction, chosen by the Government, to show the multiethnic soul of Bosnia Herzegovina. This place is also called “Pigeons Square” for the high concentration of these birds.
It’s a typical Ottoman Bazar and it is important to understand the Ottoman life.
There is an interesting architectonical mix of Neoclassic and Ottoman period and is the place where there are the most important religious buildings of the city: the Ortodox Church, the Cathedral of Sarajevo and the Mosque of Gazi Husrev-Beg.
To understand the atrocity of the last war in Sarajevo we suggest you to visit the Tunnel Museum. Here you can explore a part of the tunnel which was used to bring food and other useful products to the city during the war.
It is the only skyscraper in the city and it is tall 176 metres. You can visit the tower and reach the top where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the city and taste a coffee or a beer in the bar – restaurant.
The site of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand
The event that started the First World War (1914-1918) took place in Sarajevo: the heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife Sofia were killed during a public visit in Sarajevo by a Serbian terrorist.
Today you can stand in the exact point where Francis Ferdinand and his wife died.
You will recognize the place thank to a commemorative plaque near the Latin Bridge.
Chess Games in front of Ortodox Cathedral
Everyday in front of the Ortodox Cathedral you could attend to chess games. These games are very fascinating because the audience can advise the partecipants and their jokes are hilarious.
This Cafè is dedicated to the last benevolent dictator of ex Jugoslavia, Josip Tito. This place is very characteristic because its gardens are decorated with tanks, artillery, military jeeps. In the internal walls there are a lot of photos of Tito and the tables are decorated with newspaper articles about him.
In this historical brewery you will taste the delicious local beer and typical dishes. This red building is located in front of Latin Bridge and its architecture is in Austro-Hungaric style.
Sarajewsko Brewery is one of the few factories that didn’t close during the war in Sarajevo (1992-1995).
The gallery employs mixed media – photography, video, and interactive documentary motivating the spectator to reflect on the particular politics of memory and forgetting that have come to characterize not only the event itself, but also how the event has been (re)presented. Open daily 9:00-22:00.Information:
Trg Fra Grge Martića 2/III
71 000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel: +387 33 953 170
War Childhood Museum
A collection of photographs, videos, letters, clothing and other personal belongings preserve memories of children growing up during the siege. Unlike other war museums, the War Childhood Museum documents the experience of those who played no role in the start of the war, and still suffered multiple consequences. The founders believe children’s stories are particularly important for their potential to serve as a basis for advancing mutual understanding, which is essential for the reconciliation process. Ten years after the opening, the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo will be the world’s largest archive dedicated to the experience of growing up during the war. Open Monday to Sunday: 11:00 – 19:00.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral
Sacred Heart Cathedral was built in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an important Catholic concept. The building is in the Neo-Gothic style, with Romanesque Revival elements. The building was awarded to the Viennese contractor Baron Karl Schwarz with supervising architect Josip Vancaš. He modeled it after the Notre-Dame in Dijon (France). Work began on 25 August 1884, and was completed on 9 November 1887.
The building was damaged during the Siege of Sarajevo, but not completely destroyed, and the damage has since been repaired. The building is often considered as a symbol of the city: The design above the door to the Cathedral is part of the flag and seal of Sarajevo Canton and the Romanesque towers are featured on the flag and coat of arms of Sarajevo. The frescoes inside the building were commissioned to Alexander Maximilian Seitz in 1886. Due to his deteriorating health he could only finish the designs in 1887. The execution was undertaken by his assistant Alberto Rohden.Link: http://katedrala-sarajevo.com
The Bey Mosque and Madrasa
Opposite the mosque, or on the north side of the mosque, behind the street wall, Ghazi Husrev-bey’s Madrasa (an advanced school) stands, built and founded in 1537. Ghazi Husrev-bey built this madrasa in remembrance of his mother princes Seljukia and gave it the name “Seljukia”, but the people gave it the name Kurshumli (kuršum – Turkish word for lead) because of its roof being covered with lead.
As an architectural monument this madrasa belongs to the most beautiful monuments of the old Sarajevo, just as magnificent as the mosque.
The front of the Kurshumli Madrasa, with its entrance and doorjambs, is higher than the building of the madrasa, which, due to its exceptional beauty, leaves a strong impression on any visitor. Above the door, lined up in symmetrical rows, are the stalactites that totally take up the vaulted recess within the massive doorjambs that face upwards. On both sides of the doorjambs, hewed out of solid rock, are two polygon recesses each of them surpassed by a system of stalactite that gradually becomes narrower. Above the entrance door of the madrasa is a stone tablet 180 X 60 cm in size, which has an engraved inscription written in verse and in Arabic language.Link: http://vakuf-gazi.ba/english/index.php/beys-mosque/surroundings-of-the-mosque