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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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What a place no words to describe great for all ages plenty to see and learn, highly recommend a visit, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture all in one place, Mosques... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

What a place no words to describe great for all ages plenty to see and learn, highly recommend a visit, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture all in one place, Mosques Churches Synagogs all meters away, a mini Jerusalem as they call it. Love this place

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Recommendation for trip to the Sarajevo.everithing nice but visit shoul not be longer 3 days..... Recommendation

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The place was rich with things you can buy , don't forget to inter the Bazar . You can also visit the old Mosque that is already in the trip advisor app . We bought many bags . You can find really good bags and the prices is like 20 to 60 KM It can be more or less. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A nice old town with a very cheap bazaar compared to other similar bazaar from Istanbul for instance. Small but with a lot of nice people and not pushy like the one mentioned above :D

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Bascarsija offers shopping, restaurants, mosques, churches, and the best people watching! It's mood changes from the tourists during the day to a mixture of tourists and locals by evening. When there, do take time to meander the side pedestrian streets as well as just walk the main one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Sarajevo has definitely taken a special place in our hearts during Balkan tour. People in this town are very friendly and Bas Carsija is a place we will be remembered by the irresistible food and treats. even the pigeons are quiet sociable. We spent two days in this city mostly visiting cake shops and restaurants :) it's hard to resist... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At you walk around the Bascarsija you will come to an open area which this monument. Worth discovering the history of the place......

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfect for walking around,discovering lots of small shops wheare you can buy souvenirs and restaurants with traditional food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A really nice place to visit. Its give you the experience to travel throughout handers of years back and leave the fast live to live the time is moving realy slowly I hope you enjoy it as i have

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was Ramadan when we visited and the best part of Bascarsija is going out in the evening when you can hear prayers and songs performed in the middle of the Old Town. On one day, there were tables lining the streets and Muslims anxiously waiting to eat at sundown. It was such a profound sight and piqued our curiosity.... More 

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