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Bascarsija

Stari Grad | Old Town, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Ranked #2 of 41 Attractions in Sarajevo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were traveling through Bosnia this summer and decided to visit Sarajevo for one day. And frankly telling the old town of Sarajevo was behind my expectations. I was walking around old souvenirs shops, mosques, restaurants, coffee places and other vendors and I couldn't believe I'm in Europe now. It's was amazing feeling like I'm in Asia or Africa. Later... More

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Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You cannot visit Sarajevo and visit ascarsjia, it is the heart of the town. The landmark monuments are not always easy to find, so it might be a good idea to go more than once, to be sure you have not missed something. Good prices for silk shawls.

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Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

All in all You get to visit a place that has its historical background in Europe, which has a vast amount of traditional shops and restaurants. There are a lot of places to drink authentic Bosnian coffee and taste Bosnian food.

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Studio City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We generally seek "old town-type" areas and find that they vary widely from reconstituted kitsch to preserved and authentic. This is at the authentic end and it is a wonderful place to meaner around and stop for a traditional meal.

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Saluzzo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The visit of Baščaršija has been over my expectations. This historical quarter of Sarajevo is a real world full of life, where you can feel like in Marrakech or Sevilla. Differently from other attractions, this is not a place to see but a place to live. Best way to visit it it's get lost in it! Just walk between souvenirs... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A very lovely area to stroll around, watch people, buy souvenirs or just sit down and have a traditional Bosnian coffee or cevapi. Very nice atmosphere and an experience for all senses (just pay attention to the smell of coffee, cevapi and narghila everywhere). It gets quite crowded in high season, though, which is the only downside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

historical and cultural center of the city i like the bazar , restaurants, i do't like stray dogs so many

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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We did the Neno Walking Tour which lasted 3 hours and was extremely educational and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of Sarajevo from the beginning and the recent breakup of Yugoslavia. Seeing the amazing buildings and learning about them too. I would recommend this 100 thousand percent!

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Great atmosphere with narrow roads, shops, restaurants in the historical Ottoman center of Sarajevo. Charming place for a walking tour (preferably guided), having a meal or spending an evening.

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Amiens, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Enjoy the atmosphere of the old bazaar, the ancient turkish district and get lost in the small streets. Enjoy a coffee or a meal to taste the local feeling .

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