Sarajevo Bosnia’s Fascinating Capital

Sarajevo is a fascinating European city that is full of history. There are lots of things to do in Sarajevo and the food in the city is amazing. The city is in a valley and at the bottom is cut in half by a river with the city built on both sides. The city has two main religions of Islam and Christianity, as there are churches and mosques all around.

I have been to Sarajevo twice now and had a great time both times. The highlight of Sarajevo sightseeing for me was the Baščaršija, which literally translates to “main marketplace.” This is the area that surrounds the Sebilj fountain. The marketplace area was built in the middle of the 15th century being the main economic area and built on the model of an Arabian “suk”, which are many big lots connected by many small streets. All around the marketplace there are many types of shops, cafes, restaurants, and is the area where may of the city’s attractions are. The shops are great and may of them have the special craft of the city, which are copper works. There are many items that are made from copper, especially engraved plates, tea sets, and many other items forged from the rust colored metal. There are many of these types of shops located at The Coppersmith Street.

City Hall

City Hall

A few of the Sarajevo attractions that are located in or near the marketplace are The Emperor’s Mosque (Careva džamija), The Town Hall (Gradska vijećnica), The Spite House (Inat kuća), The Goat Bridge, The Latin Bridge (Princip’s Bridge), The Bridge at PlandiÅ¡te- The Roman bridge, Sarajevo Cathedral, The Orthodox Cathedral, and the Sebilj Fountain in BaščarÅ¡ija. The Latin Bridge is especially interesting historically, as it was where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, which kicked off World War II. There is a small monument on the wall near the bridge, as well as a video that always runs that shows what exactly happened on that fateful day.

Mosque at Dusk

Mosque at Dusk

When I went I was interested in seeing some of the Olympic sights (Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984), but many of them were destroyed during the war in the 90’s.

A few of the other Sarajevo sightseeing attractions are The National Museum of BiH, The Waterfall at Skakavac, Springs of river Bosna, the Cauldrons on Željeznica, The Lakes on Treskavica, Jahorina Montains, Mostar with its famous bridge and Butmir, which is a fascinating Neolithic settlement.

All around the city, especially in and around the marketplace you can see remnants of the war with a few bombed out buildings and bullet holes in many of the buildings. The history of the city is very interesting, but much of the recent history revolves around the war and especially the siege of Sarajevo.

The food in the city can’t be beat, as there are so many options in and around the marketplace. You have to try the Ćevapčići, which is Bosnian and Serbian dish of grilled minced meat and severed with onions and flatbread. Burek is also a highlight as it is flaky crust with cheese on the inside and great with yogurt. You can also find Burek with veggies, meat, and spinach. Burek is great in the morning as well as after a night at the bars.

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