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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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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We were positively surprised by Sarajevo and especially Bascarsija. The atmosphere is relaxed, you can stroll around the bazar, have a Bosnian coffee, see old craftsmenship and enjoy nargile.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

You cannot visit Sarajevo, without visitng the old town Bascarsija. Yes, it's a tourist spot and yes it may sometimes be a tourist trap, but it doesn't have to be. Bascarsija is what you want it to be. As a former resident of Sarajevo, and as a frequent visitor I never tire of this place. Here are some of my... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As the focal point of Sarajevo's Stari Grad, you could spend a decent amount of time wandering around the Baščarsija and taking in all the shops, sights and smells, complete with stumbling across mosques, markets and food outlets. I think this really is a must in order to properly understand Sarajevo and it's history and to really appreciate the eastern... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The historical downtown of Sarajevo is one of the few really pretty sites in the town and offers a load of shops, restaurants and cafés. One needs to be aware that many restaurants are muslim and don't sell alcohol. Worth a visit, especially at nighttime!

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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely place to visit. Very interesting historical aspects, and stalls selling traditional items such as beautiful rugs and very colourful and ornate glass lights, as well as souvenirs etc. The narrow, cobble-stoned lanes are pedestrian-friendly - it is a great area to spend time wandering around and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really great fun to just wander around in these small streets, make sure you watch your pockets though pickpockets are very common in these narrow streets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Just by strolling around Bascarsija one can get a insight into Bosnian history, but also get a taste of its fabulous cuisine, have an amazing cup of coffee, served in the traditional style, as well as buy some souvenirs from the local merchants. A must see for everyone visiting Sarajevo!

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Wherever
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It is a good area to stroll but also eat - many restaurants. Lots of souvenir shops - but many of the "Islamic" souvenirs come in from Turkey. Museums and mosques as well

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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

You cannot avoid Bascarsija while going to Sarajevo. It has an amazing history, small stone streets full of small wooded stores (ok, lots of souvenirs made in Turkey and China), specific handcrafts ir authentic restaurants. It is best to walk over with a friend that can tell stories about Ottoman period, and show first guest house for travellers, iconic bakery... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This district, in the heart of Sarajevo is the historic district. Rebuilt and full of shops, souvenirs, eateries, and landmarks. This area will most likely be passed through a few times in your stay. There are several winding paths that resemble a bazaar. Depending on how much time souvenir hunting you do you can see the whole district in 30... More

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