In the Footsteps of Princip

Sarajevo Travel Blog

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Arriving at Sarajevo.

I knew of Sarajevo as the place where World War I was touched off by Gavrilo's Princip's assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914.

The assassination was considered by Yugoslavia in the Communist era to have been a protest against the occupation of Bosnia by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A commemorative plaque was installed in 1953 (pictured). Previous Austrian commemorative plaques had existed since 1914. The plaque stood at the street corner where Princip took his shot. Also on the corner were bronze shoeprints to show where Princip stood. It amazed me how narrow the street was. He must have shot Franz Ferdinand and Sophie at point-blank range.

The 1953 plaque was was replaced in 1987 by another plaque, subsequently destroyed in 1992.

Baščaršija square, Sebilj fountain, and Baščaršija Mosque.
The current historical marker, placed by Bosnia and Herzegovina, is less politically charged. The 1953 plaque read: “From this place on 28 June 1914 Gavrilo Princip with his shooting expressed the protest of the people against tyranny and the centuries-long aspirations of our people for freedom.”

Old town Sarajevo centered on Bascarsija Square. An Ottoman atmosphere remained in the traditional market area of the city. Notable are the kiosk-like Sebilj public fountain and Bascarsija Dzamija (or Havadza Durak Mosque). Built ca. 1528, the mosque was founded by mullah Durak. The Sebilj is described as "a pseudo-Ottoman-style wooden fountain (sebil) in the centre of Bascarsija Square in Sarajevo." It is realtively recent for Sarajevo, constructed in 1913. It was modeled on a nearby fountain built by Mehmed Pasha Kukavica in 1753, now lost.

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Arriving at Sarajevo.
Arriving at Sarajevo.
Baščaršija square, Sebilj fount…
Baščaršija square, Sebilj foun…
Copperware in the Sarajevo market …
Copperware in the Sarajevo market…
Gazi Husrev Beys Mosque.
Gazi Husrev Bey's Mosque.
Street market in Baščaršija squ…
Street market in Baščaršija sq…
Sebilj fountain (1913) and Bašča…
Sebilj fountain (1913) and Bašč…
Market street in Baščaršija.
Market street in Baščaršija.
Yugoslavian plaque commemorating P…
Yugoslavian plaque commemorating …
Latin Bridge (Latinska ćuprija). …
Latin Bridge (Latinska ćuprija).…
Leaving Sarajevo.
Leaving Sarajevo.
Lamb barbeque spit turned by a wat…
Lamb barbeque spit turned by a wa…
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