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Bascarsija

Old Town, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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Ranked #2 of 40 Attractions in Sarajevo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Bascarsija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. Bascarsija...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I think this is a great area in Sarajevo. There are cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, mosques, xmas market. Very atmospheric, pretty - both in the day and at night. Didn't like the street dogs - purely because they looked so sad. Liked the fact that you could look in the windows of the shops, without getting harassed. Well worth a... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

i had a great time here, this is my favorite part of sarajevo, i know it is a tourist trap, but who cares, if it was not great, people would not come :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I really love Sarajevo - I think it´s my favorite balcan city or city overall - but I´m not the biggest fan of bascarsija. It is a nice place, with lots of nice stores, museums, burek stores and cafes in it. But it is - for sarajevo standards - very touristzy, and I liked the places just a little bit... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If you visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo and the Old Town is a must. Centuries of history from many parts of the world come together here. Enjoy the loca coffee in one of the many coffee-shops. Preferably outside! Merchants, shops, cafes, restaurants, beautiful scenery - it is all here.

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great place to visit and walk around. This is a part of the Old Town. Wall to wall shops, restaurants, and pedestrians. Lots of locally made gifts and souvenirs. We were in town for two weeks and went here 6-8 times. It is quite large. There are many good restaurants in this area serving regional food and wine. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is part of old town in Sarajevo. There is a symbol of Sarajevo, fountain called Sebilj. Here are many local restaurants called 'čevabdžinice', 'buregdžinice' i 'aščinice' selling delicious local food products. I would highly recommend čevabdžinica called Željo or Mrkvica. There are also many little shops selling traditional Bosnian souvenirs like 'đezva' and 'ćilim'.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is such a beautiful and enchanting area. It is filled with little shops, bakeries, restaurants, cafes and more. The area is perfect for walking around and just exploring. My family and I have been here many times and keep returning for more! This is a must see well preserved and historic area of Sarajevo!

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Sarajevo Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The word Baščaršija (Turk.) literally means "Main marketplace" and it is the area of the market square around the old fountain called Sebilj. Today this name is used for whole old part of Sarajevo. It's formed in the 15th century as an economic part of the new neighborhood of oriental type. Baščaršija is built to resemble the Arabian suk, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

Every time I visit this place, I am amazed. And I always find something new. Interesting shops, beautiful mosques ( pay attention to visiting hours for non-Muslims and dress code), friendly people. Bought beautiful things there.

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Constanta, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

In the last couple of years I visited Sarajevo several times. Every time I come back to this wonderful place with the same joy that I had when I discovered it for the first time. I have the feeling of traveling in time as I walk on narrow cobblestone pavement of the alleys among lots of small shops, restaurants, cafes,... More 

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