Visit all the major attractions and museums in Sarajevo and get to know a great part of European history!
Šeherćehaja Bridge (Major's bridge) under Alifakovac was built on the orders of the Sarajevo šeherćehaja (mayor), but the people today do not know his name, nor remember when the bridge was built. There is information that it was built sometime in the early 16th century. Bridge carries only faint memories of the nameless mayor of Sarajevo.
See the exhibition about utter destruction of one of the most beautiful buildings from Austro-Hungarian period ....and witness how it is beautiful again. Get insight about the founding people of Sarajevo, the beginning of the siege, but also about the WWII.
We will see the house of the man who defied Austro-Hungarian monarchy. When the Austro-Hungarian Empire came to Sarajevo, they built many buildings such as the Post Office, the National Museum, etc. But when they started the construction of City Hall, they experienced the defiance and stubbornness of the Bosnian people.
Learn the story behind the tomb of "Seven Brothers" in Bistrik. Learn how seven brothers resisted the rush of the army of Eugene of Savoy, when he broke into Bosnia, and that all seven of them perished in the battle.
The Main point for the city of Sarajevo, found itself at the crossroads that led almost to all parts of the world, and on the place from which old roads were leading to all major cities. With the arrival of Ottomans, small market town was converted into a cultural, religious, commercial and artisanal section of Sarajevo.
Sarajevans often build special fountains sebiljs, because the provision of water is considered a good deed. There were over 300 fountains were in 1660, but most of them were burned in fires of Eugene of Savoy. In the 18th century Mehmed Pasha Kukavica continued the tradition of building the sebilj on the Baščaršija square.
One of 117 mosques in Sarajevo is Baščaršija mosque which is located in downtown in the heart of Baščaršija. This is the third most important mosque in Sarajevo, after Gazi Husrev Bey and Emperor’s mosque.
Brusa Bezistan with its six roof domes that you can see from Sebilj is one of the most interesting buildings in Baščaršija. It has a rectangular base with four entrances on all four sides. It was built by order of the grand vizier Rustem Pasha Hrvat in 1551. Bezistan is named after the Turkish city of Bursa, from which the silk was transported to Sarajevo to be sold.
In the museum of the old Serbian Orthodox church in Sarajevo there are more than 700 very well preserved documents and different objects which originate from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries.
In the sixteenth century, which is also called "golden age" of Sarajevo, there were over 50 khans, which offered shelter and hospitality to merchants and travellers. The only one of them, still preserved, which has kept its almost unchanged appearance, is this one.
Opposite of the Gazi Husrev Bey mosque, on its north side, behind the street wall, there is Gazi Husrev bey madrasah (college), which was built and established in 1537. Gazi Husrev-Bey built this madrasah in memory of his mother Princess Seldžuka and gave her the name'''' Seldžukija.”
Gazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque, or Bey’s Mosque, as it is known locally, was built in the center of Baščaršija in 1530. Bey’s Mosque was designed by Adžem Esir Ali, a Persian from Tabriz, who was the chief architect in the Ottoman Empire at that time.
Besides the mosque, there was a building from 1529 which belonged to the mosque. At the end of the 16th century, the clock tower is added within the walls of this building. The Clock Tower shows the lunar calculation of time.
Inside this museum we will see chronological and thematic exhibition that begins with a presentation of the events preceding the Berlin Congress when Austria-Hungary was given a mandate to administer Bosnia and Herzegovina, and concludes with World War I and assassination.
In 1521 there was a monastery in Sarajevo, where the Franciscans lived. With the help of generous benefactors in 1893 the foundations for the construction of the church were set. The new monastery was built in the Gothic style.
Gazi Husrev Bey’s Bezistan (bazaar) is one of the conserved bezistans in Sarajevo, which still serves trade-it original purpose. It was built in 1555 close to Kuršumli madrasah, Bey’s Mosque and Clock Tower.
After the arrival of Jews from Spain and their settlement in Sarajevo and after they have become richer and paid taxes like everyone else, they decided to build a synagogue. The first religious building Sarajevo Jews, was called Il Kal Grandi or the Old Jewish temple or synagogue built in 1581. Learn more about the entire history of Jewish community in Sarajevo during Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians, Yugoslavians. Learn what happened to Jewish people during Nazi occupation and afterwards. Find out an incredible story of Sarajevo Haggadah, and how it got saved.
The cathedral was constructed in the early Gothic style. Architect Josip Vancaš, apparently, took the church of Notre Dame in Dijon as a model. He did not mention this church as a model, and we can forgive him this because he created a completely new building in Sarajevo. Sarajevo Cathedral does not have stencil structure, but it is completely new and authentic creation. His form was pure, and he was realistic in the choice of materials. You will witness its beauty for yourself when you see it.
Since 1984, when the Olympic fire was lit in Sarajevo until 1992, Sarajevo has three eternal fires. Olympic fire, fire in the park Vraca dedicated to soldiers of WWII, and the Eternal Flame in the heart of Sarajevo. Eternal Flame is monument to military and civilian victims of the Second World War in Sarajevo.
During the war in Sarajevo 11 541 citizens of Sarajevo were killed, out of which 1601 were children. In the Great Park, across from the BBI centre there is a monument dedicated to children who died in war 1992/95 in this city.
“Sarajevo under Siege” exhibition is a story about the life of the citizens during the siege of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1995. The exhibition tells us the story about persistence, resourcefulness and creativity Sarajevans who lived 1 335 days without electricity, water, heating. At the exhibition you can see how daily life in the city flowed, where and how Sarajevans procured food and water, how markets and streets looked, how people communicated, how hospitals and schools operated, how cultural life was developed…