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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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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“old town” (261 reviews)
“buy souvenirs” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I lived here for almost five years, long time ago. Bascarsija has much improved. It is clean now, the shops are renovated etc. Well worth visiting.

Thank artalmon
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A fantastic market place full of souvenir shops and restaurants. Nice to walk around and you'll find somewhere nice to eat. If you want to buy from the many stalls and shops, you can feel free to barter on the price

Thank Steve P
Reviewed yesterday

Bascarsija is Sarajevo - and Sarajevo is Bascarsija. These words tell the basic fact - Bascarsija represnts Sarajevo's soul and heart. The word "bas" means in Bosnian "very much", "carsija" is a market, a town. And it describes Sarajevo in a good way: it IS...More

Thank Tarik D
Reviewed 5 days ago

On one street corner, 4 different churches: Serbian Orthodox, Catholic, Mosque, Greek Orthodox. Talk about diversity! Bascarsija (old town Sarajevo) is packed full of diversity, and while much of the area is also packed with touristy shops, it's still a "real" place in many ways....More

Thank boz61949
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Interesting bazaar area in the old town area. Diverse products and many restaurants and coffee shops. Great place to find that special something or just relax with a good coffee and enjoy watching the crowds stroll by.

Thank Rockytoo2
Reviewed 1 week ago

The most beautiful part of Sarajevo. It represents his old soul and history. Perhaps too many tourists make it impossible for a quality tour. But visit it is a must. I recommend a guide to a local tourist office for all those who do not...More

Thank Tristan Š
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So totally different in a western Europe city.... fantastic mix of middle east and Europe. One should go there when not 40C ....

Thank v g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very charming and interesting place to visit, wander around in, soak up the atmosphere and experience to local way of life!

Thank Hannerose F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great, cosmopolitan. You can feel Sarajevo 'soul. Fantastic restaurants around. Good for shopping. This part of the city is very beautiful.

Thank Vania G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walk around, sit down, eat, enjoy atmosphere and do it all over again. There is nothing you can't find in the old town. Magical place.

Thank Elma D
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