... Sarajevo: Stroll around ...
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Covering most of the main attractions of the historical city center, I was planning to see the other places such as the Tunnel in my 2nd day of Sarajevo visit. However, things have changed and I decided to stay in downtown and make another stroll by enlarging the radius (or range). I'm not regretful, since it gave me more local flavour as I wish everywhere I visit.
This time I have started walking on the opposite way alongside the river and my first stop was The Emperor's Mosque which was named after the famous Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Wiki says the construction year is 1560 (16th century) and this temple is considered one of the important landmarkls of the city. Another fact, you can clearly observe the bullet holes everywhere on the facade walls and the dome which reminds us the worst days of 90s in European history, sadly.
Second stop: Inat Kuca. There is a funny story about this building. The city municipality or government needed to destruct this house while they were about to built the famous city hall, however, the owner of the house did not approve the destruction of the building and he was so stubborn. At the end, they convinced him (or vice versa) to move the house stone-by-stone to the other side of the river. Because of that, they call this house Inat Kuca (obstinacy house). Funny, right? =)
On my way, I saw a crowd and walked closer to them. It was a Bosnian wedding and the bride and groom was inside the small mosque next to Inat Kuca for the religious ceremony.
By the way, as of July 2010, the Library building (Old City Hall) was under renovation, and closed to the touristic visit. Bad luck! I wished to take some photographs of the most famous landmark of Sarajevo.
Next stop: Catholic Church and Sarajevska beer factory. They're both located on the same street and same color. Throughout your way, you can see a few sarajevo roses.
Walking through the river, you will reach several bridges. One of them desiged by Gustave Eiffel (the steel one) and from this point through Bascarsija, you may feel like the time-tunnel from newest to oldest during your stroll. A big park and the Memorial of Children could be the highlights of this part.
When you arrive Bascarsija, make a pit stop at Ramis, a famous patisserie. I recommend their ice-cream, so yummy! After your stop, you may walk to the north side to see Svrzo House, a traditional and well-protected Ottoman house in the city. But, check out the daily working hours first, when I arrived there, it was closed for the visit (Bad luck vol.2)
I decided to walk through the vista point again passing through this neighborhood. You may see a lot of examples of the classical oriental architecture here.
At the end of the day... another cevapi place was waiting for me. OK, I'm not gonna lie. I was looking forward to try cevapi in another place!