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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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Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

What to say about this one that wasn't already said. Like travelling to the past, you do get that feeling of Arabian influence. Don't expect it to be large because it is not but to get the feeling about it, more than enough.

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I love shopping and Bascarsija was heaven! Bosnians do not haggle as a rule, so one just pays the asking price - which was a relief for a reticent Brit! A very friendly place, but not pushy. I really enjoyed looking at all of the shops, eating in some of the restaurants, and trying the ice-cream and baklava!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We stayed in Bascarsija for 2 nights and it was aboslutely lovely, beautiful building all around, narrow streets lined with great shops and restaurants, wonderful people everywhere. We felt most welcome while visiting mosques, synagogue, churches etc. Food was excellent and very cheap, we also found a brilliant bar selling homemade rakija - much, much, much better than anything we... More

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I loved the atmosphere of the town. My own hometown is also a capital in a nearby state, but that indescribably feel of the town is completely different here. You can really, with a chance to sound silly, feel the soul of the town. People are friendly, surroundings is lovely, food is great. Just walk around, relax, window shop (or... More

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Cascais, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Loved every centimetre of it! Nice restaurants and shops, friendly people. It really feels you are in the Middle East!

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

love bascarsija...always visit when i am over visiting my partners family that stay in Grbavica part of Sarajevo..which is a walkable distance. Love the cobbled streets and the mosque! bought myself a coffee pot handmade from one of the shops..its full of history and has a wonderful friendly atmosphere..if you love nicknack shops you will love this! there are shops... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It is really nice. You feel that you are in an eastern city (we as Greeks it remind us the area near Monastiraki and Plaka in Athens). Narrow roads, beautiful small shops, a lot of coffee shops offering the so called Bosnian Coffee(same as the Greek, Turkish or Arabic one), a lot of people going here and there. Somebody can... More

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Split, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

it's different world than we know. Time has stopped overthere, the smell of coffee and nargilas, of pies and other suites, like baklava, but the most representative of gastro are meat rolls - cevapcici. Very sensitive area, you can feel how was the life there before, and it's like part of some Sultanate. Just stunning!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a bustling, colourful and engaging area. We spent a lot of time here during our stay in Sarajevo. Our daughter didn't want to do anything else but feed the pigeons and weave her way through the maze of streets full of Turkish bazaar style stalls. It was wonderful.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Small cobbled streets with traditional shops selling handmade arts and crafts, local food and drinks. Steeped in history.

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