One of the most interesting aspects of the centre of Sarajevo is as you walk down Ferhadija one moment you are surrounded by European (Austro-Hungarian) architecture the next you have stepped into the bascarsija with its Turkish influence. You can shop, drink, visit one of the beautiful mosques or just wander around. There are lots of copper shops where you can see the craftsmen at work.
The most important thing is to relax this is a very relaxed place where you can get a real feel of the heart beat of this amazing city
Bascarsija is very heart of Sarajevo, an district in turkish style with small souvenier-shops, imbisses, mosques, old small houses and streets. This is the place to visit in Sarajevo.
First take a walk through Bascarsija, all the way to Sebilj - a large place with many pigeons.
You will pass by the Begova mosque - the most famous and one of the nicest in Bosnia - example of islamic architecture, you can visit and entry it.
After you walk and look in the many souvernier shops then go eat Cevapcici - the most famous bosnian food.
Also interessting is Sarajevo during the SFF - Sarajevo Film Festival, already an serious occation in the world of film.
The old oriental quarter of Sarajevo is called Bašcaršija. It's the city's main attraction and I found it absolutely wonderful to walk around here. There's one big main square full of cafes, pigeons and Cevabdcinicas as well as many small lanes full of little shops, cafes and mosques. There's a smoky atmosphere here, the smoke is coming from the grills of the Cevabdcinicas, from the chimneys and from the people who ALL seem to smoke here.
A fantastic area!
All lanes have a different topic, there's one full of jewellry, one full of carpets etc etc. I think you can easily spend a day here when you look into every shop there is. I found a handmade Vucko in one of the shops, a T-Shirt in another one. And I found a carpet I would have loved to take home, too. Unfortunately it was a big too expensive! I wish we would have had more time here to give all the shops a closer look and to buy some more nice souvenirs.
The Bascarsija is the old Turkish part of Sarajevo with old Turkish styles shops. Built in the 16th century, the area was once the town's market place. The streets are named after the products that were once sold there (such as gold street and woolen street).
Contains numerous hotels and tourist attractions including the Gazi Husrev-beg's Mosque, Tzar's Mosque, and the Sarajevo Cathedral.
According to the leggend who ever drinks the water from this fountain will return to the city.
Aldough Bascarsija dates from 16th c., the fountaun (sebilj) was built 1891.
I must admit I haven't drink the water, but I didn't know for the legend at the time.
Bascarsija is located in the old town part of Sarajevo. The central (Bascarsija) market of Sarajevo was twice the site of carnage, massacres by mortar fire. Now the market is filled with life as all varieties of vegetables, fruit, and other goods are available. The people were embracing, and eager to talk of politics (not a wise thing to do) and food. In the market you'll meet and chat with the local, and perhaps buy an item or two.
Bascarsija, the old Turkish quarter of Sarajevo, is like a miniature Constantinople. There is a cobbled town square, sixteenth century mosque, synagogue and church and a maze of narrow streets and alleyways, not far from the spot where Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated.
Stop to eat cevapcici - lamb kebab rolls with chopped onion, in spongy somun bread - in one of the traditonal Bosnian restaurants.
Bascarsija was a sightseeing mecca. A culturally diverse community, it boasted of excellent shopping, markets full of energy, and cafes with delicious local cuisine.
Bascarsija was heavily damaged during the war, but is now undergoing revitalization.
During the summer, the city invites many different cultural groups - folkloric dance teams, music groups, etc - to perform at different venues around the city. The week I was there, there was a French avante-garde choir singing in front of the Catholic Cathedral; a group of whirling dervishes from Konye, Turkey performing at an old Turkish fort; Don Cossacks and many other folkloric groups at the International Folkloric Festival - being held in conjunction with the Bascarsija Doci - dancing the night away at the stage across the Miljacka from the old National Library building.
Put 'hats' on the s's and the c and you have a word that is not easy for the normal American to say. This is the heart of old Sarajevo - the Turkish Quarter, the old mosques, churches and synagogues. The area was spruced up considerably for the '84 Olympics. Old markets are now home to boutique shopping. Many shops you will find people hammerring away at different copper plates, creating tourist souvenirs (haggle!) - as one coppersmith told me. He used to be in the Army but now he works on the plates as he needs the work. Copper plates, coffee sets and pens made from antiaircraft shells are among the many things you can find.
Many mosques were destroyed in the war, but the UN put the ones in the Bascarsija off limits to the Serbs. Since there were plenty of apartments, open-air markets and hospitals to shoot at, they seem to have respected these boundaries and some very pretty mosques remain from the 1500's. The center of the Bascarsija is the square containing hundreds of pigeons and a flowing fountain. The saying is that if you drink water from the fountain, you will return to Sarajevo in the future. The pigeons certainly do!
The other half of Sarajevo's downtown is occupied by a huge market. It almost resembles an Oriental bazaar with its small shops and several picturesque mosques.
It is the oldest part of the city. The islamic influence is obvious. The buildings types, the public water supplies...
This is pretty crowded place due to its numerous restaurants, caffes and shops.
The Bascarcija square has a lot of small streets (carsija) whith shops. Those streets are named after the craft that was practiced in them. It main street is Saracilinking to Ferhadija.
Bascarcija is the center of the Sarajevo's old town. This quarter is the heart of the Ottoman Sarajevo, the most important landmark is the pigeons fountain.