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Bascarsija

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Address: Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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+387 61 245 622
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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 old Ottoman Market is alive and well in Sarajevo

Bascarsija is the heart of old Sarajevo. With scores of shops and restaurants, it can easily entertain for an entire day. Historical sites abound, with ruins of a trade-route... read more

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Bascarsija is the heart of old Sarajevo. With scores of shops and restaurants, it can easily entertain for an entire day. Historical sites abound, with ruins of a trade-route Han, the restored Ottoman market building, mosques, a 14th century Orthodox church, and the site of the 1914 assassination of Franz Ferdinand, which triggered World War One. Tourist friendly, multi-lingual, and... More 

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Nis, Serbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sitting on the Sebilj steps, watching people strolling around Sebilj, taking photograhs, eating donner... was interesting, especially if the majority of these people were dressed differently and more picturesque than one would expect. A recomend, just sit, put the sunglasses on, observe and listen.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the best place in Sarajevo to see. You can take many pictures and see many things at that little space.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some might like it - but I find it awful. It looks drity, old, it smells terribly (onions, sheep oil?, whatever - smells badly). I don't feel at ease there, like I might be robbed any time. The picture perfect if you want to see old stone part of the city, with supposedly great mosk, small stone streets, but -... More 

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Skradin, Croatia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place to visit.We been there in February / Marth and is not good time for a visit.It is better go in Spring or Summer.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe this is the most important place to visit in Sarajevo.. Small. Beautiful. Nice food.. Nice.. I like

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is very interesting to see with its old buildings, markets and souvenir shops. Ottoman vibe in a small scale. Many places for food and refreshments are available here. It gets really busy in the summer. Many of the best places to eat are actually here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to walk around and a lot of bars and resturant to have a drink or nice tasty lunch or dinner, busy in summer time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Past summer I visited Sarajevo for the first time. I live in Skopje, so we have an old bazaar as well, and I was little bit suspicions about what to expect from Bascarsija. And what I can say... it is smaller... less organized... but... it has a spirit that is irreplaceable... amazing smell of tasty foods from everywhere... kafa and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Over three days, between meetings, I explored Sarajevo on this side of the river, looking for souvenirs and something that felt a little like being on holiday - this was a business trip. This is that area. The fountain is beautiful, especially at night, and set between alleys of stalls hawking jewellery, rugs and thoudands upon thousands of copper coffee... More 

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