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Bascarsija

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Address: Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone Number: +387 61 245 622
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Description: Bascarsija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center...
Bascarsija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. Bascarsija was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isakovic founded the town. The word Bascarsija derives from the Turkish language. The word "bas" which is "bas" in Turkish literally means "head", in some contexts however also "primary", "main", "capital" and "carsija" which is "carsi" in Turkish means "bazaar" or "market". Due to the large fire in the 19th century, today Bascarsija is half the size that it once was. Bascarsija is located on the north bank of the river Miljacka, in the municipality of Stari Grad. On Bascarsija there are several important historic buildings, such as the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and sahat-kula. Today Bascarsija is the major tourist attraction of Sarajevo.
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Bascarsija located in the heart of the old town of Sarajevo is a huge open air bazaar, the top attraction in the city and tourist epicenter for excellence, here through the many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Bascarsija located in the heart of the old town of Sarajevo is a huge open air bazaar, the top attraction in the city and tourist epicenter for excellence, here through the many small streets still find old shops of souvenir sellers or processing of bronze and other materials, all typically Bosnian. Sensational this place very old, dating back to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Nice people, great food (ćevap, suđukice, baklave, tulumbe, hurmšice), you can pay in euro at the market, a lot of history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Here's where the heart of Sarajevo lies-walk through the narrow alleys, check out the coppersmiths, smell the grilled meats and crying coffee, and enjoy yourself!

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Trogir, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I liked it, the spirit of places, smells, workshops, kebabs, pies, coffee, souvenirs, rahatlokum, baklava ..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The history of the heartbreaking war and tears of the locals still dwells in the streets of this area. All they gave in order to surmount this ordeal and the solidarity that kept them binded, is related in every corners of bascarsija. Besides, you can also taste some of the traditional Bosnian cuisine and enjoy some of the traditional Bosnian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You have to start here to begin to explore Sarajevo. Beautiful vibrant spot. There are so many wonderful shops in the area and you will find craftsmen that offer beautiful kaffa sets

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Heart of Sarajevo and something that no visitor to the city should miss. You can spend from a few minutes until hours depending on what you are looking for, but the atmosphere is really special.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Bašćaršija is an Old town center of Saraj(evo). When You step into traditional heart of the Sarajevo, You'll feel like You are back into the 15th or 16th century. Surrounded by old oriental houses from Osman period in which You can find old crafts and see craftsman manufacturing them. You can also eat traditional Bosnian food (like ćevapi, pita etc)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Nice oriental square with traditional restaurants and caffe bars. Also, Bezistan is market You should visit to buy souvenirs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

When you come to Sarajevo, probably first thing you will want to see is Baščaršija. In the heart of the city, this is beautiful historic quart with many little restaurants (Bosnian home made food), souvenir shops, craftsman shops - where you can actually see how some things are made before you buy them. It is always full with people, tourists... More 

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