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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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It is so surreal walking through the streets of Sarajevo after growing up watching it on the news every night. The Bascarsija has everything from little shops, bars, cafes... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is so surreal walking through the streets of Sarajevo after growing up watching it on the news every night. The Bascarsija has everything from little shops, bars, cafes, restaurants to lively local people and their culture. The architecture and unique flair of the area makes you feel like you are living out a scene from a different world. Certainly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best part of the city. From souvenir shops to cafe bars, restaurants and bazaars all over this area. Great place to taste some traditional Bosnian food, have a great coffee and buy some handmade souvenir. It's a must visit spot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Little shops, cafés, patisseries, friendly people, warm welcoming city. Place to come back to every time you are in Sarajevo

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To have been able to see this is so fascinating. The architecture alone is formidable, but the thing which makes it so magical is that you can see the beautiful and majestic mountains over the rooftops of the shops.

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Zadar, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this city. Very interesting old place. Lots of small shops, bars and streets. It is a most beautiful part of Sarajevo. Highly recommended

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

interesting fountain. not a very spectacular not typical but somehow special. pretty construction that should be seen. do not expect fireworks though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must see in Sarajevo. It's kind of an old, turkish part of town history, but owercrowded with shops and tourists. It is interesting to see it, but it's all about income rather than real life and history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was on youth football tournament called Sampion junior cup 2017 on 05-08.01.2017.and with kids we was on old center og Sarajevo called Bascarsija.Beautifull restaurants cevabdjinice burekdkinice,slasticarne with frendly people and excellent food.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place that has the 200 year old spirit. It feels so warm. There is the oriental influence and it makes you feel like you're a time traveler. Bad thing about this place is that there are many shopkeepers with overpriced stuff. Worth checking out is domestic coffee, served in old-fashioned "fildžans" and cups. Also, if you don't... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of restaurants, coffee bars, pastry shops. If you want to eat the best chevap in town - go to Ferhatovic 5 (petica)

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