A bunch of young girls with colorful head scarves walk side by side with peers in tight jeans and close-fitting blouses. You’ll also see that in the center of the city and at the most magnificent mosque in Bosnia-Herzegovina also stands a Catholic cathedral, a Serbian Orthodox church and a Jewish museum within just a few hundred meters. Sarajevo prides itself being a city where many religions live side by side. It was multireligious before the term even existed.
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Coffee, crafts and cobbles
Go with the flow down the main pedestrian street Ferhadija and its natural extension Sarači and continue to the old bustling bazaar district of Baščaršija. Here you can eat Bosnian dough rolls, have a coffee at oriental style bars or shop at the market that have an abundance of things you never knew you needed, like copper coffee sets, beautifully crafted pepper mills and old cartridge cases! The narrow, cobbled streets have been Sarajevo's trading area since the 16th century. Baščaršija means “the main marketplace” and the streets are each named after the crafts that were practiced here once.
A journey through history
In the old town you also find one of Sarajevo's most famous architectural works. The Gazi-Husrev Beg Mosque was built by the greatest Ottoman architects, Adzem Esir Ali, around 1530. Although heavily destroyed in 1697, when one of history's greatest commanders Prince Eugen of Savoy plundered Sarajevo, it still stands large and sparkling. Inside the walls are decorated with colored arabesques and quotes from the Quran and outside by the covered well you’ll see people doing wudhu, the ritual washing performed by Muslims before prayer.
After the independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990’s Islam has been strengthened and many new mosques have been built - in many cases money has been erected from the Arab Emirates.
Don’t mention the war, right? but it’s difficult not to. The breakup of Yugoslavia led to war and The Siege of Sarajevo from 1992-1996 was the longest of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. When you see the "Sarajevo rose" - an imprint in the asphalt filled with red wax marking - you see places where a grenade killed a human, for instance by the large market hall, Markale.
Today it’s safe to travel and Sarajevo is easily accessible from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as neighboring countries. By bus as well as by train. If you get the chance, don’t miss the train ride from Sarajevo to Mostar - it’s an absolute beauty.
Taste: potato pie (krumpiruša) or cheese pie (sirnica). Sarajevo is famous for it’s huge variety of street food as well, so that should definitely be on your list!
See: Oriental Baščaršija
Do: Take a trip with a view with Sarajevo's cable car that reopened in 2018 after being destroyed during the war.
Experience: The Jahorina mountains around Sarajevo that hosted The 1984 Winter Olympics.