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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
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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The heart of Sarajevo, preserved in time. I recommend eating cevapcici at Mrkva, drinking Bosnian coffee by Seblij (the wooden structure), watching the kids chase pigeons, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The heart of Sarajevo, preserved in time. I recommend eating cevapcici at Mrkva, drinking Bosnian coffee by Seblij (the wooden structure), watching the kids chase pigeons, and cruising down the copper street where the craft of copper hammering is preserved. Take a sip of water from the water spout outside of The Bey's Mosque and you are guaranteed that you'll... More 

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Novi Sad, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It is the first thing you will see in Sarajevo. Many original stuff can be find at this market together with tasty food and real Turkish coffee. That coffee is strong, mushy and black- try before refuse it. I recommend jewelry, cheat silver that is done in an original way called filigran.

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Morro Bay, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Something like 12,000 little stores, and a great place to people watch. Shop a bit, then sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee! It is a bit of a madhouse, but safe and upbeat. A couple other reviewers suggested caution due to pick pockets, but we never felt like we needed to be. Of course that's probably not a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Bascarsija is a must visit during your stay in Sarajevo. You will be amazed by the little shops and cafes. You can find a lot of handmade gifts and useful things for your own use. Not far away you can also find big stores such as Benetton etc.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Love this old town. Small shops and cafes every where. Old historic beautiful Masjid. Enjoyed the shisha at ashkovic cafe. As well as the Bosnian coffee that is served in all cafes. Be aware of pickpocketers, they are so experts that you will not find out what happened.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Bascarsija is the soul of Sarajevo. It is the place to start your journey to all attractions and restaurants in town. City hall, padestarian street, Gazi husrev mosque, 500 years old shopping mall etc. are all close by.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Middle in Europe, and as if in a movie set... Back to the medieval, the time Ottomans. The old town is much more better preserved as in Istanbul. The mosques are beautiful, but unfortunately not opened axcept the prays.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Very crowded place with lots of interesting shops and cafes. Felt very similar to Istanbul as there are many turkish souvenirs like the evil eye being peddled. Recommend to spend sometime at the shops then sit down at one of the cafes to chill. Need to be wary of pickpockets due to the crowd.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Sarajevo is an wonderful place. Ancient and contemporary town, tollerant and friendly people, history, geography, cuisine, everything...This experience was more than I expected.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A must place to see. Be aware of pickpocketing and panhandlers. You can negotiate about the price of souvenirs.

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