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“Eastern Culture” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bascarsija

Bascarsija
Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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Ranked #2 of 84 things to do in Sarajevo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Eastern Culture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

A great place to buy souveniers, visit Mosques and experience a heavenly Bosnian dish! Strong Eastern influence of times long past.

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“The heart and soul of Sarajevo...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

By walking down in the old town, you can feel the vibe and beliefs instantly....just make sure you stay long enough so it has a place in your heart.
We had a meal at a restaurant overlooking the Sebilj, which turned out to be great for 'people watching' and great for quality of Bosnian food. Beggars are also present in the old town, but if you have travelled the world, then you will realize there are beggars in ALL big cities. It was 40 degrees when we were in town but we're so thankful lots of stores had their air conditioning set high! We walked around and found it very easy to get to Latin Bridge and City Hall (still under re-construction). The Sebilj is probably in need of renovating, hope they act on it as we'd hate to see Bascarsija lose its postcard image! Make sure you drink some water from Bascarsija so that you return and come to know the city better...

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“Unique!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Just stroll around, feel the sensation of Sarajevo, have a Bosnian coffee, a tea and enjoy the feeling of this unique city.

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“Asia in Europe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

You can feel that you're walking around in Turkey but no one speaks Turkish. This is the only one different. To get Sarajevo, this area is the heart of this town and smells of the inspirational Ottoman's history. The Ottomans are still alive here.

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“Austro-Hungary comes alive.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The architecture will make you feel you are in Budapest - top notch stores from all the designers and wide walking street. Perfect for window shopping or people watching.

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