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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 good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old town” (290 reviews)
“buy souvenirs” (18 reviews)
“narrow streets” (33 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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"old town"
in 290 reviews
"buy souvenirs"
in 18 reviews
"narrow streets"
in 33 reviews
"burek"
in 63 reviews
"bosnian coffee"
in 72 reviews
"cafes and restaurants"
in 20 reviews
"kebab"
in 18 reviews
"cultural center"
in 14 reviews
"baklava"
in 28 reviews
"ottoman empire"
in 31 reviews
"traditional food"
in 17 reviews
"walk around"
in 16 reviews
"east meets west"
in 23 reviews
"orthodox church"
in 22 reviews
"gazi husrev beg"
in 15 reviews
"visit sarajevo"
in 27 reviews
"walking tour"
in 16 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The fountain holds special place in hearts of the people and is gathering point for local pigeons again part of the people's history. Worth a visit.

Thank Kerrie O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My best years were full of Bosnian memories..Bas Carsija was the most shining star of my sky when i remember that times..i always miss and wait to go there again🤧💕

Thank Kubra Y
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Center of the old town with narrow street with traditional shops and great restaurants. A must visit to all those comes to BiH. Really enjoyed the days spent around th place. Important to visit during day and night.

Thank Nouzab F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bascarsija is reminiscent of Ottoman period and the old town and the Sabil are beautiful. You are transported to an era bygone. Superb.

Thank Saud A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as the name suggest, hundreds of pidgeon are there to feed, drink the water from the tap is pure, there is a tram stop there, sit on the bench, or on the right and left are coffee shops order and see people passing by

Thank pranjo49
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bascarsija is hearth of Sarajevo. I will always back to this place because it's georgius ❤ love this part of town

Thank Selma T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the center of the old City of Sarajevo and it was quite interesting without getting lost seeing so many shops and restaurants friendly people history culture all mixture of what Sarajevo is all bout. Just few trips up and down this place one...More

Thank yenikoy34
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They say Bascarsija is the heart of Sarajevo, and you can feel that spirit here, some amazing energy, I don't know if it is because of the people or what, but I like this place a lot, while sitting at some nice cafe drinking coffee...More

Thank jocajovansurba2vic78
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When you go to Sarajevo, this is obviously the first sight you should visit. It has all you would expect - quaint coffee/tea places, small shops with original souvenirs, local specialties, and, most importantly in hot weather, drinkable water from Sebilj.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travel is educational and mind opening. Viewing the crowds gathering in the evening, when locals outnumber tourists, and immersing yourself in places like this can do nothing but increase your understanding of other nations and their cultures.

Thank TravelerMikePlano
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