Miljacka River, Sarajevo
This bridge is really called the Vrbana Bridge. It does not look special, but during the Bosnian War in May 1993 two lovers, Bosko Brckic and Admira Ismi, were shot dead here as they tried to flee the besieged city. They had been sweethearts since high school. He was a Serb and she was a Moslem. The area was so dangerous no one could recover their bodies. They were shot at the same time. He died instantly; she crawled across and cuddled up to his body then she died, too. For days they lay in each other's arms.
Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo was an international documentary about their deaths.
This bridge also saw the first casualties of the Bosnian War. Suada Dilberović was born in Dubrovnik to a Bosniak family. She came to Sarajevo to study medicine and was in her sixth year of study when the war in Bosnia started in the early days of April 1992. Olga Sučić (1958 – April 5, 1992) was a Croat. Both Suada Dilberović and Olga Sučić are considered to be the first casualties of the Bosnian War in Sarajevo when they were mown down on the Vrbana Bridge during a peaceful protest.
There is a plaque in the middle of the bridge in memory of these tragic deaths. The buildings near the bridge are still riddled with bullet holes.
The brewery in Sarajevo is a beautiful colourful building and is well worth a visit. We had lunch here - Bosnian cold platter with two local cheeses and two local meats plus a basket of bread. All washed down with ice cold Sarajvsko beer. The restaurant in the brewery looks like a theatre and is well worth a visit.
Miljacka River, with a lenght of about 37km, begins at the confluence of Paljanska and Mokranjska Miljacka Rivers and empties into Bosna River. It flows from the east to the west.
It goes through Sarajevo with its total length at a very low discharge, about 5,7 m³/s. Many charming bridges, among them the Latin Brige crosses it in the city.
After you have explored the old town,( or before ) a stroll by the river Miljacka is a great idea. On the city side the road goes all the way , on the other side the road or path most of the way. There are several bridges so you can pop across at will, taking in the sights or stopping for a drink or bite to eat. The river is very shallow, with little waterfalls as it flows down hill.
The Miljacka is the main “river” that flows through the centre of Sarajevo. Actually, Sarajevo has three separate rivers, although only one of them goes through the historic centre: Miljacka, Železnica (which is in Ilidža) and the Bosna, from which the country gets its name and which lies farther west from Ilidža. This is not a river in which you can go swimming, and I would highly doubt that anyone goes fishing in it either. During the summer, when I was in Sarajevo, it seemed to be reduced to a trickle, although I would imagine that the melting snows make it much more impressive during the spring.
I sat on a wall by the Miljacka River and cried.Lovely, Beatiful nature,green city,quite people
and ,slow brown color Miljacka River.I thought very nice city but with full of sadness.
River is dividing the city 2 part and there are lotf od bridges ont he river.This river made a great canyon (Valley)in this area an the city locaten in this Valley.
The Miljacka runs through the heart of the city. A promenade was built along the river in Austrian times. People can be seen fishing in the shallow waters. Grand buildings line the river - some still awaiting restoration from the war's wounds. Along the river, next to one of the older bridges is where Gavrilo Princip murdered the Austrian Heir Apparent, Franz Ferdinand, an his wife in 1914, precipitating WWI. There used to be footsteps in the sidewalk, demonstrating his position. These have been removed since the war of the 90's.
This building is near the brewery. It has lovely stain glass windows and some attractive paintings. Worth a visit.
We walked back from the Romeo and Juliet Bridge to the Museum of Fine Arts through an area of bombed out burned down houses. Some people were living in little houses among the ruins.
This attractive yellow building is located on the river next door to the post-office. We did not look inside, just admired it from the outside.
Miljacka river flows through Sarajevo from east to west. Several bridges span over the river, and some of the bridges are very nice. The water is brown, but not polluted.