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Sarajevo Travel Blog

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... Avaz Twisted Tower ...

Well, Sarajevo ... the best destination of this trip from my standpoint... a magical city where you can see the transition of cultural heritage on the streets of Bascarsija and Ferhadija ... a meeting point of East and West in the middle of Europe, in other words. Because of that, a lot of people mention the name of Sarajevo with Jerusalem and Istanbul in the same sentence, and many of the visitors claims that it's the best city of former Yugoslavia.

First, I need to advice that if you're coming from Mostar, do not take the bus if you have a chance to get the train. Travel duration is not that bad, but the scenery and travel conditions are better, I believe. That's what I heard. What I know is, just don't take the bus.

... Music Pavillion ...
There is no A/C, and this sucks if you're travelling under 30'C. Remember this, when you are about to decide your options. Basically, Train > Bus =)

You'll see a big tower when you arrive the city Station (or Bus Terminal, they're close to each other). This building is called Avaz Twist Tower and the tallest building not only in the country, but also in the Balkans as of 2011. There is a Tram stop which takes you to the Old City, where all the attractions and main sights are. Tram rides alongside the Miljacka River to its destination. I took off from the train at the Latin Bridge, where the unfortunate assasination of Austrian Prince Franz Ferdinand (not the music band=)) happens and the world came into a chaos for 4 years. The name comes from the Latin neighborhood which the bridge connects with the Muslim part of the city.

... Twin towers of the Cathedral ...
Also, there is a museum (City Museum "1878-1918") building at the corner where the assasination happened.

The other side of the bridge, there is a very nice park where you can see nice cafes and a lot of people chillin' out. You can see Music Pavillion here which is built in 1913 by Austrians. Walking across the bridge, you'll reach the Latin neighborhood as I mentioned. Of course, this is the historical name of the place, I don't think there is a significant Latin population in Sarajevo currently. The focus point of the area is the Cathedral (the Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Hearth), and starting from this point, you'll se the Farhadija street which goes through the Bascarsija. On this road, you can clearly see the transition of signatures between Ottoman and Austian Empires, or vice versa.

... the Academy of Fine Arts ...
Just one block north, an historical hamam (Turkish bath) called Gazi Husrev Bey Hamam can be seen. Also next to this building, a shame of humanity, the Public Marketplace which was shelled by Yugoslavian Army in 90s still stands with its black memories. 

In the heart of Bascarsija, Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque from 16th century and Sahat Kula (Clock Tower) from 17th century considered as the most significant temple and monuments. This are is the most vibrant part of the city with a lot of shops, cafes, bar/pubs full with both tourists and locals. You can visit the tourist info center and get some freebies and info/advice as I did. The staff is pretty friendly.

If you don't wanna stick with this area, you can walk through the Farhadija, pass the park to the river, and take another stroll alongside the river.

... Sahat Kula (Clock Tower) ...
You can see Serbian Orthodox Church, some good expamples of late 19th century architecture from the Austrian era, and the Academy of Fine Arts as well as the Post Office building.

If it's dinner time for you, famous cevapi (or cevapcici) restaurants are great! Do not miss them! After your dinner, I recommend to hang out in Bascarsija and explore the perimeter and the other famous sights such as Sebilj (the famous wooden fountain), the Library Building (the old City Hall, which is the most significant building from Austrian era) and the Old Orthodox Church.

By the way, in your stroll around Bascarsija, you may see a lot of other sight in this historical city. Sometimes you may not recognize them since the city smells history and you get used to it easily.

... Clock Tower and the minaret of Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque from Farhadija street ...
Tasli (pronunciation is Tush-ly) Han is one of them. However, all you can see is ruins from this structure. Another one is Bursa Bezistan, which is an old Bazaar from Ottoman era. Looks like a miniature version of Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, you may find gift shops inside this structure. Also, Sarajevo Museum (Muzej Sarajeva) is a prt of this building where you can see the historical transition of the city from ancient times, through Imperial Age and Yugoslavian periods. I recommend this if you're interested.

And, this is for photographer or photography lovers... (or just lovers who are looking for a romantic spot =))... the best panoramic views of the city are seen at Yellow Bastion (Zuta Tabija). But, I need to say it will be a challenging walk to get there if you're not taking any transportation. Also, from this place, you may clearly hear the spiritual mix of religions sounds (Muslim's Pray Call, Christian's bell ring etc.) which gives the nickname of the city: European Jerusalem.

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... Avaz Twisted Tower ...
... Avaz Twisted Tower ...
... Music Pavillion ...
... Music Pavillion ...
... Twin towers of the Cathedral .…
... Twin towers of the Cathedral …
... the Academy of Fine Arts ...
... the Academy of Fine Arts ...
... Sahat Kula (Clock Tower) ...
... Sahat Kula (Clock Tower) ...
... Clock Tower and the minaret of…
... Clock Tower and the minaret o…
... Sebilj at night ...
... Sebilj at night ...
... the Latin Bridge ...
... the Latin Bridge ...
... Old Bistrik train station ...
... Old Bistrik train station ...
... one of the fountains all over …
... one of the fountains all over…
... another view of the music pavi…
... another view of the music pav…
... a general view of the Latin br…
... a general view of the Latin b…
... an example of Austrian 19th ce…
... an example of Austrian 19th c…
... a decoration on the Cathedral …
... a decoration on the Cathedral…
... another detail ...
... another detail ...
... street view from the cathedral…
... street view from the cathedra…
... public market ...
... public market ...
... the memorial of the bombing ...
... the memorial of the bombing ...
... Gazi Husrev Bey Bath (Hamam) .…
... Gazi Husrev Bey Bath (Hamam) …
... Bursa Bezistan from Farhadija …
... Bursa Bezistan from Farhadija…
... entrance of Bursa Bezistan ...
... entrance of Bursa Bezistan ...
... gift shops ...
... gift shops ...
... the Sebilj (fountain) ...
... the Sebilj (fountain) ...
... a street in the Bascarsija ...
... a street in the Bascarsija ...
... the square of Bascarsija ...
... the square of Bascarsija ...
... pigeons on the Sebilj ...
... pigeons on the Sebilj ...
... the tomb of Gazi Husrev Bey ...
... the tomb of Gazi Husrev Bey ...
... the main gate of the mosque ...
... the main gate of the mosque ...
... the fountain in the garden of …
... the fountain in the garden of…
... Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque ...
... Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque ...
... Sarajevo: the Harmony of Cultu…
... Sarajevo: the Harmony of Cult…
... a detail shot of the mosque ...
... a detail shot of the mosque ...
... Farhadija St ...
... Farhadija St ...
... Serbian Orthodox Church ...
... Serbian Orthodox Church ...
... big derby of chess =) ...
... big derby of chess =) ...
... another example of Austrian ar…
... another example of Austrian a…
... indoors of the post office ...
... indoors of the post office ...
... public trams are kinda old in …
... public trams are kinda old in…
... university building ...
... university building ...
... the city hall (I guess) ...
... the city hall (I guess) ...
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... you can visit some exhibits ar…
... you can visit some exhibits a…
... or this =) ...
... or this =) ...
... Farhadija @ night ...
... Farhadija @ night ...
... Library Building aka the Old C…
... Library Building aka the Old …
... clock tower @ night ...
... clock tower @ night ...
... latin bridge @ night ...
... latin bridge @ night ...
... City Museum 1878-1918 ...
... City Museum 1878-1918 ...
Sarajevo Sights & Attractions review
... city museum of Sarajevo ...
Sarajevo Museum / Muzej Sarajeva is located at Bursa bezistan, very close to Clock Tower and Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque in the heart of Bascarsija. In … read entire review
Sarajevo Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
... delicious banjalucki style cevapi ...
You know, cevapi or cevapcici is the national fast food of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It has a few different styles, and Kastel (full name of the restaurant … read entire review
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