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Address: Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone Number: +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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A lovely area

A central location in Sarajevo that can be very pretty, with plenty to do and see - gives you a good taste of old town Sarajevo.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A central location in Sarajevo that can be very pretty, with plenty to do and see - gives you a good taste of old town Sarajevo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed walking around here. Lots of shopping to be done as well as plenty of choice for food! Only had a short stay but was great as we walked everywhere. Would definitely go back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The main square in Sarajevo, sorrounded by the old city. Lots of unique shops, and a few beautiful churches.

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You will find a lot of small stores with local delicacies and hand made souvenires like cooper coffee sets...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the oldest area of Sarajevo and you have the feeling being in Turkey.Full of little shops restaurants that serve kebab and other delicacies,caffes where you can have a nargile and fountain Sebilj which is one of Sarajevo symbols.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sarajevo is a fascinating city but Baščaršija is definitely a highlight, it is an atmospheric and charming part of the city. Baščaršija was built in 15th Century but it has managed to retain it's character and is a wonderful place to wander, especially through it's cobbled streets. My visit was midweek in November and the area was very busy but... More 

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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Frankly, I'm Baščarsija imagined differently, some less like a market. However, it is nice to go through the streets with all those little things to some, beakers, trays, jewelery etc. Cafes and coffee with Nağıl with Gusto is something that gives a special flavor. Pigeons on Bascarsija delighted me. They can be purchased crumbs and corn and feed them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its amazing, the spirit and smell of good food, cheap small shops, coffie at every corner it really is center of sarajevo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't forget to visit Morica Han - the old caravanserai - an ancient inn for wayfarers and their horses. Look around for Persian inscriptions from Omar Khayyam, behind carpets on the walls, and in the restaurant. And while you're looking, in a Sufi frame of mind, you may find a carpet displaying the Conference of the (thirty) Birds in their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place with many small and narrow pedestrian streets filled with restaurants, souvenir shops, and original stores. Looks like a great bazaar. Great place to visit and wander around looking at the many views, offerings and historical buildings.

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