Muzej Sarajeva 1878-1918
Zelenih beretki 1, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
www.muzejsarajeva.ba - +387 33 533 288
Muzej Sarajeva 1878-1918 Sarajevo Reviews
Muzej Sarajeva 1878-1918 Jul 08, 2010
As I have quoted to a few here already, former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill once said ' The Balkans produce more history than they can consume'.
Recent troubles seem to have overshadowed the fact that the catalyst for the start of the First World War, the assassination of The Archduke Ferdinand also took place in Sarajevo.
This museum is at the spot where the assassination took place, as the Archduke and his wife were shot in their car as it crossed the Latinska Cuprija (Latin Bridge).
Open from 10am-4pm it costs, like almost everything in Bosnia,2KM to get in. One of the few museums where you are free to take as many pictures as you like.
It used to focus more on the assassins,but since the recent war,Gavrilo Princip, and the other involved, are now viewed as Serb nationalists. There used to be footprints cast in the pavement to mark the spot Princip fired from, but theses have gone now.
Inside instead is a look at mostly displays of military collections,uniforms,weapons and photographs, before you come to the bit about the assassination.
There is a video of a dramatisation of the assassination on a screen as you go in. I learned a bit about the events leading up to the start of the war, helped, I must admit, by my daughter who had just studied the subject for her exams.
Bumped into TB vagabond75(Kevin)again, as we were about half way round and managed to impress him with my knowledge, that I had only found out from my daughter 10 minutes earlier.
I was surprised that the assassination happened almost by luck, after the first attempt that day, to blow up the car, had failed. It was only after the Archduke had gone to visit those injured in hospital, that the car took a wrong turning and ended up on the bridge,where Princip spotted it.
Interesting map of where the assassins(from The Black Hand) had placed themselves on the day. Clothes worn by Princip are on display, but apparently the gun used found its way into the posession of a Catholic Bishop and has ended up in a museum in Vienna.
A very small museum, but very significant in the horrific events that led from this incident.
Part of the Balkans Summer Tour - July 2010 travel blog
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