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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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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%
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“old town” (277 reviews)
“small shops” (51 reviews)
“buy souvenirs” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Remnant of the Ottoman glorious empire in the middle of Sarajevo. There are a lot of cafes and restaurant to try local dishes; most of the restaurants offer good price for food. Souvenirs are everywhere in every local forms possible. You can haggle a bit...More

Thank Fakhizaa A
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very beautiful moment at the entrance of the old bazaar, one of the symbols of Sarajevo and a must if you visit the city

Thank Laura T
Reviewed 1 week ago

In old part of the city you can see real history of this amazing place. There are numerous shops with handmade products. You can eat great cookies here, drink the best coffee in Sarajevo and enjoy in some delicious and traditional food. I am sure...More

Thank Antonija P
Reviewed 1 week ago

if you ever reach here, it will be incredibly easy to reach to most of the historical places in the city. Don't forget to visit the local shoemakers, the watch and antique shops and also the food places (Hodzic is a good choice).

Thank Sza_bee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I liked this area, it is very different from the more modern parts of the city center as it mostly concists of low buildings and narrow streets. If you walk uphill from the well at the square you reach a cementary and the cities best...More

Thank Bernardojr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited in October and it was beautiful weather. We tried Bosnian specialty cevapi (ground beef sausage links) stuffed in homemade bread. When there you need to try Burek homemade fillo filled with meat or cheese. Walk thru Bascarsija is best walk we ever...More

Thank zsunshine K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love going to this place. There's a lot of old shops around & of course this place is a tourist spot. However, i like the ambience around there. Just be aware of gypsy beggars. If you start giving others will come. Avoid. . tips...More

Thank Timbermad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a MUST to visit! So much history, shopping and food. Alot of important landmarks can be found here. Just roam about and get lost here (which you cannot actually because it is easy to get around). I enjoyed visiting this place and I...More

Thank Matareas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When coming to Sarajevo, I wasn't sure what to expect. After being there, it may be the most welcoming and hospitable place I have been visited. There is a lot of history and culture in Sarajevo and so many awesome things to experience, but I...More

Thank Joel S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Of course the energy of old days has gone.Too many tourists for such a small area. And I am a tourist too. Of course I had the perfect coffee and had a stroll, but I wont be coming here again. It is a pity, but...More

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