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Address: Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone Number: +387 61 245 622
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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The soul of Sarajevo

The old part of town with small traditional shops and cafes, the mere soul of Sarajevo. A definite must see!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The old part of town with small traditional shops and cafes, the mere soul of Sarajevo. A definite must see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I just felt wandering in the streets of Istanbul. Smells, handcrafts, faces..etc looks like my own country. The best way to explore the city center is walking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you come to the Sarajevo, you must take a tour to the Bascarsija. If you do not, you actually have not been in the Sarajevo, period. This old part of the town and relic of the Otoman Empire is very much a live and main part of the Sarajevo. Just like in Venice, Sarajevo has its own pigeons wondering... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a bazaar street in old part of the Sarajevo, Bunch of small shops selling all kinds of trinkets. You feel like your in middle ages in the Ottoman empire. The Bosnians are very friendly, ideal place to buy a souvenir for the loved ones at home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful and magical parts of the world! Indeed! Even though I was not born in Sarajevo, this famous place has some spirit that makes you wonder.....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. Very nice old ottoman atmosphere. Brilliant liitle stalls and shops - you can get everything you want. Great souvenirs. Bosnians are extremely friendly!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately I had to mark this site down due to the fact that they were laying down new slabs around the square It was very noisy with the machinery and diggers. The pigeons were sat on the roof of the buildings wondering what was happening! No coffee shops were open but when it is finished it will be a lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the heart of the old town of Sarajevo. You can buy nice souvenir and feel like you are living the 1700's

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our visit we had the misfortune to have the entire area under public works , backhoes , dump trucks , guys in high vis etc !! Couldn't even get close to Sebilj to checkout the fountain but that's travel for you !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the highlights of my trip was visiting Bascarsija. I went there with a frien and we have been walking around for well 4 hours, visiting every little store they have and finally seating down to enjoy a nice lunch.We took a taxi and it was just 15 minutes away from our hotel. We enjoy some local food and... More 

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