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Bascarsija

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%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old town” (287 reviews)
“buy souvenirs” (18 reviews)
“burek” (62 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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+387 61 245 622
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"old town"
in 287 reviews
"buy souvenirs"
in 18 reviews
"burek"
in 62 reviews
"narrow streets"
in 32 reviews
"bosnian coffee"
in 71 reviews
"cafes and restaurants"
in 19 reviews
"kebab"
in 18 reviews
"cultural center"
in 14 reviews
"baklava"
in 27 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"
in 25 reviews
"walking tour"
in 16 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A lot of shops , many good restaurants and nice cafés make Bascarsija one of the most attractive parts of Sarajevo ! People are friendly and the vendors are not pushy at all !

Thank kingofpeppange
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There are plenty of cafes and souvenir shops, you will find traditional food for a reasonable price. There are also at least 10 Mosques in that centre. I have visited quite a few times but the most recent I felt a little uneasy, make sure...More

Thank NK1208
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The wonderfully varied flavors of the city centre will lure you back here if you've stayed only one or two days in Sarajevo. As you walk through the trade streets with craftsmen hammering at copper drinking vessels to achieve the dimpled effect to reach the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you want to see a part of history and live in it first hand go to Baščaršija. Give some bread to pigeons, drink some water from Česma and hear the small hammers knock on the brass, drink some coffee and enjoy some sweets.

Thank Rango S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Bascarsija is amazing - friendly people, nice coffee houses, restaurants, it's not that touristic yet, you can see a lot of locals there. Amazing architecture, I could just wander around for hours.

Thank Katarzyna W
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It is great to see all of this, all domestic souvenirs, shops and restorans. Great domestic food- must try "ćevape" 5 or 10 pcs, or pies under bell and on the end great domestic sweets.

Thank Ana Č
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing much to say , Its a good place in its own rights. A place to feed pigeons and sit down to relax a bit. Can be very crowded We used it primarily as a rendezvous point if we were lost of had to meet...More

Thank Dimitrz
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sarajevo Bascarsija is a unique old town. It is rich in history. Walk around and enjoy visit to the mosque, Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, synagogue etc... enjoy the shopping for local souvenirs, have an ice cream, try some yummy dessert like baklava, and indulged in...More

Thank May F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must go to place for sure! During the day, there are lots of stands and shops left and right. At night you can enjoy yourself at many different bars. Loved it!

Thank Sara R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend to visit Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with beautiful restaurants, caffe restaurants, so luxury and very pricey 👍

Thank Azra M
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