Sarajevo Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (65) - View across Sarajevo, taken from the Yellow Bastion

Orientation

Sarajevo is located in the centre of Bosnia & Herzegovina and and lies іn the Sarajevo valley, іn the middle оf the Dinaric Alps. The area is surrounded by heavy woodland and 5 large mountains: Treskavica (2088m), Bjelašnica (2067m), Jahorina (1913m), Trebević (1627m), and Igman (1502m). The River Miljacka flows through the centre of the city from east to west. Downtown Sarajevo consists of 4 districts: Centar (Centre), Novi Grad (New City), Novo Sarajevo (New Sarajevo), аnd Stari Grad (Old City) and there are numerous suburbs. The majority of the tourist attractions are located in Stari Grad and particularly the Baščaršija (Old Bazaar) which lies at its heart.

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Sarajevo Monument & Sights Guide

Crkva svetog Antuna Padovanskog
(Church of Saint Anthony of Padua)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Franjevačka 6
Website: svantosarajevo.org
Opening Times: 7.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Price: Free

Information: The Catholic church of St. Anthony was originally constructed at the end of the 19th century as a place of worship for Sarajevo’s catholic community but was reconstructed just 10 years later due to structural weakness. Today, notable features of this Gothic style church include two marble mosaics of St. Anthony and four niches by sculptor Zdenko Grgić portraying the way of the cross.

Careva džamija
(Emperor’s Mosque)

Monument Type: Mosque
Address: Konak
Website: emperorsmosque.org
Opening Times: Recommended around 5 p.m. but can be visited any time outside prayer hours.
Price: Free

Information: The Emperor’s Mosque is the oldest Mosque in Sarajevo and was originally constructed 1457 after the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia. It was dedicated to the Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, the man who conquered Constantinople, and was considered one of the most beautiful Mosques in the city with its spacial interior and highly decorative features. It was rebuilt in 1565, the time dedicated to Suleyman the Magnificent and notable features include the semicircular main dome and adjoining caravanserai.

Latinska cuprija
(Latin Bridge)

What is it? Historic Ottoman bridge and site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914
Where is it? Spanning the River Miljacka, to the south of Baščaršija (old town)

Information: The distinctive Latin bridge is a small stone bridge that is one of the city’s oldest but that is not why it is famous. It is famous because, in 1914, on the northern end of the bridge Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip which helped to trigger the First World War. Today there is a museum dedicated to that infamous moment and a plague marking the spot where it all happened.

Sarajevo Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Narodno pozorište Sarajevo
(Sarajevo National Theatre)

Monument Type: Theatre / Opera House
Address: Obala Kulina Bana 9
Website: http://nps.ba/
Opening Times: only show times
Price: –

Information: Founded in 1921, the Sarajevo National Theatre is the oldest theatre in the country and also houses the Sarajevo Ballet and Opera companies, which were established in 1946. The building was built in 1897 in the Austrian Baroque style and today the theatre is the centre of high culture in the city.

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Katedrala Srca Isusova
(Sacred Heart Cathedral)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Trg fra Grge Martića 2
Website: –
Opening Times: hours of worship
Price: Free

Information: The Sacred Heart Cathedral took 5 years to build and was opened in 1889. It is designed mainly in the neo-gothic style and is a three nave construction. Notable features include the giant bell, notated by Pope Pius XI and the elegant stained-glass windows, pulpit and altars.

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Gazi Husrev-begova Džamija
(Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque)

Monument Type: Mosque
Address: Sarači 8
Website: vakuf-gazi.ba/index.php/begova-dzamija
Opening Times: Recommended around 5 p.m. but can be visited any time outside prayer hours.
Price: Free

Information: Constructed by the famous Ottoman architect Acem Esir Ali “Alaüddin” in 1537, the Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque is considered the most important Islamic structure in the city and one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture anywhere in the world. Notable features include the stalactite ornamentation in the angles under the dome, many valuable carpets and the magnificent effect of the sunlight pouring through the 51 windows, creating a distorted sense of greater space than is in reality. Interestingly, it was also the 1st mosque in the world to be connecting to an electricity supply, in 1898. During the siege of Sarajevo, the mosque was badly destroyed but following the war’s end, and with international help, it was restored to its former glory.

Sarajevo Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Baščaršija
(Old Bazaar)

What is it? Sarajevo’s old bazaar and the historical and cultural centre of the city
Where is it? North of the River Miljacka in the Stari Grad (Old Town) district

Information: Built in 1462 by the Bosnian-Ottoman general Isa-Beg Isaković the Old Bazaar is the centre of life in Sarajevo. Amongst the narrow alleys of vendors and shops are several important historic buildings, such as the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and sahat-kula, as well as countless restaurants, coffee houses and tea houses. We found it spell-binding and reminded us of a mini-Istanbul.

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Gradska vijećnica Sarajevo
(National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Monument Type: Library
Address: Obala Kulina bana
Website: vijecnica.ba
Opening Times: –
Price: –

Information: Designed in 1891 and eventually built in a predominantly pseudo-Moorish expression. The building was initially the largest and most impressive building of the Austro-Hungarian period and was put to use as the Town Hall. However, On 25 August 1992, Serbian shelling during the Siege of Sarajevo caused the complete destruction of the library. This sad episode saw the loss of around 700 manuscripts and unique collections of Bosnian cultural revival publications. Today it is in the process of being rebuilt and in the future will be used for a variety of events.

Sarajevo Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Žuta Tabija
(Yellow Bastion)

What is it? Ruins of a 17th century fortress that offers great views over Sarajevo
Where is it? Up the hill to the east of Baščaršija (old town)

Information: The polygonal Yellow Bastion is a 15 minute walk up hill from the old town but once achieved there are fantastic views to be had over the city. Try to come around sunset.

Sarajevo Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Sarajevo Tunnel Museum

Monument Type: Museum
Address: Tuneli 1; Donji Kotorac 34; Ilidža
Website: tunelspasa.ba
Opening Times: 1st Nov – 31st Mar: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1st Apr – 31st Oct: 9.15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: General Admission: 10 KM Student & Children (-6): 5 KM

Information: During the siege of Sarajevo, the city was almost completely cut off from the outside world, save the district Butmir which is divided from the main city by the airport runway. Crossing it would have been suicidal so a tunnel was built underneath as the only means of getting supplies into the city. Most of the tunnel hasn’t survived to this day, but a 20m section has been turned into a museum which gives an insight into the horrors of living in the city, and using the tunnel, were like. To get to the museum either take a taxi or tram 3 to the end of the line, change to bus 32 direction Kotorac and ask the driver when to get off.

written by: Jon

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