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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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Charming street coloured in antique and crowdy.

I loved that it has so many small stores that you are welcome in. You can explore a lot of things. Souvenirs, gifts can be found en mass. I loved the shoe manufacutre... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I loved that it has so many small stores that you are welcome in. You can explore a lot of things. Souvenirs, gifts can be found en mass. I loved the shoe manufacutre Kalajdžisalihović right next to the mosque in the center of Bascarsija. Their shoes are fantastic. I bought 2 pairs, handmade Bosnian-oriental , I love them. And not... More 

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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Poignant second hand dealers selling winter Olympic paintings and army serviceman uniforms, knives and helmets, jewelry handmade and clothing stores, cafes a plenty, and bars for a tipple along the lanes so pleasant...the old city well worth some real time to explore and to sit and watch the world stroll by.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Baščaršija is a really nice little square. It is really cute and it has a lot of different shops, I mean A Lot of shops, so if you are shopaholic you will be in heaven. I would truly recommend that you visit Baščaršija cause I think it`s worth to see that meeting beetwen cultures. It is a historicaly odd place,... More 

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Lokeren, Belgium
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176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Sooner or later every tourist will come here... nice atmosphere with lots of cheap local eateries. And mosques everywhere. Just walk around in the streets, where you will see local craftsmen hammering on copper blades...where you will see lots of souvenir shops, (compare prices). Just continue your way to the Latin Bridge which is a stone throw away. Don't forget... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

If you do not come here, you will miss the Sarajevo old town. So you will probably visit this neighborhood. So, I want to give you another advice: you should try the local coffee in a cafe on this neighborhood. It look like Turkish coffee but without grounds (Confession: I am a Turkish but I prefer coffees in Sarajevo :)... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

If you want to experience life of Bosnian, walk to Bascarsija. Make sure to try sarajevski cevap and to drink domestic coffee .

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is literally where East Meets West. A great place o wander through to look at old Sarajevo.mdespte what went on during the war,my here was very little impact here.

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Barcelona, Spain
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

If you can only visit one place, visit this. Takes you back hundreds of years, theres great places to eat and buy rthings and is next to the old library

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We absolutely loved bascarsija - amazing place to experience the real Bosnian lifestyle. The food options are endless and welcoming :)

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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The authentic market where u can buy souvenirs, dishes, styled the reign of the Ottoman Empire, clothes and many other interesting things. Many cafes you must try "chevapi" - traditional bosnian (balkanian) meal.

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