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Bascarsija

Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“old town” (282 reviews)
“small shops” (53 reviews)
“buy souvenirs” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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"old town"
in 282 reviews
"small shops"
in 53 reviews
"buy souvenirs"
in 17 reviews
"narrow streets"
in 32 reviews
"burek"
in 60 reviews
"bosnian coffee"
in 69 reviews
"baklava"
in 30 reviews
"cafes and restaurants"
in 18 reviews
"cultural center"
in 13 reviews
"kebab"
in 17 reviews
"ottoman empire"
in 31 reviews
"traditional food"
in 16 reviews
"walk around"
in 15 reviews
"east meets west"
in 22 reviews
"orthodox church"
in 21 reviews
"gazi husrev beg"
in 15 reviews
"visit sarajevo"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had an oportunity to experience the Bosnian cultural diversity starting with cup of coffee in the Ottoman part of Sarajevo, and finishing with the cup of tea in the Austro Hungarian part. Learn about Sarajevo's multiculturalism and the way it evolved through history and...More

1  Thank Edin R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is the heart of the city, and all roads loading towards it. This is still the most recognizable symbol of the city. There is alwaus a lot of turists,and around it is a lot of small stores where you can eat tradicioanal meal's...More

Thank Tatjana G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the one and only place (other than the Tunnel of Hope) we visited in Sarajevo. We walked around, stopped by the gift shops, ate burek, drank Bosnian coffee, fed the pigeons... Had quite a fun time there... Definitely recommend this place...

Thank AEE74
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were here in winter time and it was nice to walk around the place. What I liked were the handmade coffee pots, plates, old buildings, and food. The market has a relaxed atmosphere and I felt safe there.

Thank WNFdiary
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there very early in the morning so we can see the pigeons at the Pigeon Square. There were a lot of them. You can bring some bird food or just some biscuits and let them feed straight from your hand. It was a...More

1  Thank Flora May A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Noce and safe/quite city, but how different the things were some years ago Recommendations and explanations form Asim form InfoBosnia for understanding The office is so close , offereing all services needed

Thank Libelilla M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first trip to Bosnia and the beautiful old city of Sarajevo ... our hotel was right beside the river so an excellent location ... we stayed at the hotel president .... the bascarsija area is beautiful!!! Full of old world charm ... little cozy...More

Thank Shane M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a soul of Sarajevo, something like a main square and entrance to the old part of the city, full of restaurants and small bars typical for Bosnian culture.

1  Thank mzmirak
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Typical example of Ottoman heritage, it drops you into past and think history can write amazing stories. I would recommend it everyone and it's one of top destinations in city! And don't forget to try traditional Bosnian food while exploring Bascarsija.

1  Thank aminam86
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very beautiful walk. Many cafes here - my only complaint is that most allow smoking inside. A must visit in Sarajevo.

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