Locks on the Eiffel Bridge
There are two bridges near Skenderija over the river Miljacka in Sarajevo, one of the them is Skenderija Iron Bridge or Eiffel Bridge. The original bridge was built in the 15th century by order of Skender Pasha. In 1893 the bridge was built with iron fence upstream of the original.
Couples in love began to attach locks with engraved names, dates and declarations of love on the Eiffel bridge. They symbolize a vow of eternal love and their number is growing. With this symbolic ritual the young couples hope that their love will last forever.
Vijećnica( City Hall)
It was built in pseudo -Moorish style in 1896, after WWII became the National Library, in 1992 90% of books and manuscripts were destroyed. It is currently under reconstruction.
General Area: At the top of Baščaršija quarter by the River Miljacka. Trams go around it to the last stop at the heart of the Bašćaršija Square. The last stop is the starting position in the same time, because the trams drive in a circle around The Old Town.
First brigde on Miljacka from Bembaša
The Šeher-ćehaja Bridge over Miljacka is located between Vijećnica and Inat Kuća. The bridge is a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The first bridge was built during the Ottoman period. According to an inscription in the Mostar City Archives, the bridge may have been built already in 1585.
The Emperor's Bridge is the third bridge from Bašćaršija over the Miljacka River in Sarajevo. The original bridge was built by a nobleman Isa Bey Isaković in front of the Emperor's Mosque in the 15th century.
It was demolished 1619 in the flood, so Hadži Husein aga Haračić built a stone bridge with three pillars and four arches at the same place.
The third reconstruction was done by Hadži Mustafa Bešlija in1792 because of the damage.
During the Austro-Hungarian occupation, the bridge was destroyed and then rebuilt after the model of the original bridge. The bridge has retained its original name.
Drvenija bridge is the sixth bridge over the Miljacak River counting from Baščaršija. It was built during the Austro-Hungarian rule in 1898.
The bridge is located between the first grammar school on the right bank of the river and the Economic School and Pedagogical Academy on the left bank.
Most Suade i Olge- Suada and Olga's Bridge
Before the aggression it was called the Vrbanja Bridge, later named after Suada Dilberović and Olga Sučić, the first victims of Serbian snipers on April 5th 1992. Suada was from Dubrovnik, a 24 years old student of the Medical Faculty in Sarajevo. Sučić Olga, the mother of two children, was 34 years old clerk of Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
There is written on the board: "Drop my blood gushed out, and Bosnia did not fail"
The bridge was built by Haji Hasan in 1556 and replaced by iron one in 1886. A charcoal was passed over the bridge to the nearby shops. The bridge got the name from the Turkish word kömür( ćumur) for coal.
100 years from the Sarajevo Assassination
June 28 1914- The assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinandand and his wife was used as the spark that lit the fuse of WWI.
Why in Sarajevo? Bosnians have nothing with it!
Hünkar Köprüsü or Latinska ćuprija or principov most is the name of the bridge at that place.
Another tragical fact here is that this city was under the longest siege in modern history of warfare.
Bijela tabija- The White Fortress
All way long you'll see on the right first Tekija Jekovac, up is Žuta tabija and Kasarna Jajce, and on the top of the hill is Bijela tabija. It is the object of cultural and historical heritage, from the Middle Ages, a protected national monument of B&H.
From tram- stop Baščaršija, go up the Kovači street, pass mezarje and Kapi-kula na Ploči, go straight A.Šantića street up, get to the crossroads, on the left is the Višegradska Tower Gate, on the right is a road to the White Fortress.
The Latin Bridge
When Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, few would have imagined the carnage that would follow. Ferdinand was targeted by a revolutionary movement known as Young Bosnia, and his death was the catalyst that led Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia.
Germany, allied to Austria-Hungary, soon joined the fray. The spot of Ferdinand’s death was close to the Latin Bridge which crosses over the Miljacka River in the heart of the city, and a small plaque commemorates the event. So much has happened in Sarajevo in the intervening century that there is very little pomp and ceremony related to this site (plus the fact that it is a black spot in the history of a wonderful and historic city), but for budding historians a visit here is a definite must on the ultimate WWI pilgrimage.Related to:
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Memorial to the Children
Along with the damage you can still see to the building, the war is also remembered with a memorial to the children who died in the war, some 1,600 of them. Their names are listed near the memorial, if you look at it you can see the prints of children who helped to create this memorial
The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral
This cathedral is set on a lovely little park with a sculpture representing peace and a huge chess set. Several people were crowded around enjoying a game when we visited. The church was damaged during the war. The church was built in 1869. The park also had a craft market during our visit.Related to:
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Cemetery near Yellow Fort
From the Yellow Fort you look down onto a large cemetery sloping down the hill. There are some older Ottoman style graves with turbans on top, but most of the graves date from the siege of Sarajevo. All the graves are well-tended white columns and many of them are covered in roses. It is a beautiful and peaceful place but obviously comes from a terrible and tragic period of Sarajevo's history.Related to:
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The Yellow Fort
We walked up to the Yellow Fort. The route up passes some interesting shop fronts, then lots of cemeteries. It is a very steep climb. There is not much left of the fort itself just the broken outer walls. However, there is a great view from this location over the river and the old town.
If you exit the fort and turn right instead of back down the steep slope, then follow this street to the end, then turn left, you will go down through one of the old city gates and then get back down to the bottom of the cemetery.
The view is definitely worth going to see but because it is so steep climbing up before the heat of the day would be a good idea.Related to:
The Franciscan Church (Sv. Ante Franjevacka) was completed during the Austro-Hungarian period in 1914 on the site of an even earlier church. It serves the local Catholic community.
The church was designed by Josip Vancas and built in neo-gothic style, which is quite a contrast to the Ottoman architecture in Sarajevo's historic old town (Bascarsija).
The Franciscan Church can be found opposite to the Sarajevo brewery (Sarajevska Pivara) on the south side of the river Mijacka.
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