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Visit Bascarsija

Baščaršija is historical and cultural center of Sarajevo. It is main touristic attraction in Sarajevo but also one of familiar places in whole country. It was build in 15th century by Isa-beg Ishaković who was found whole city. Fire in 19th century reduce its size.

You could find many historical and religious objects. It is important as place where you can find religious buildings of four main religious in country on very small area. Only Doboj have similar situation.

It is vivid place, full of interesting shops, pubs, restaurant and it is nice place to visit.

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Mar 20, 2016

Breathe In Bašcaršija

There's not much else I can add about Bašcaršija which hasn't probably already been said by numerous other VT's... perhaps other than to say, for me, there is no better place to start the first day in Sarajevo than in the heart of this magical city.

Rising early in the morning, I wander along the quiet winding street which leads from my lodgings, behind the Ottoman quarter of Stari-Grad, down towards the beating heart of Sarajevo, Bašcaršija. Here I take my seat on the steps of Sebilj, the wooden fountain in the middle of the stage, and I wait for the story to unfold. A light dusting of icing sugar snow covers the green domes of the Bašcaršija Mosque, set against a backdrop of mist rolling down from the surrounding mountains. I hear muezzins, singing their call to prayer, from nearby minarets and in the distance, the gentle peeling of church bells, chiming in contrast. I can almost taste the layers of cheese filled pastry, as the tantalising smell of burek wafts from the local bakery across the street, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air. Parading pigeons scatter as a porter pushes his laden cart across the cobble stones, artisans begin to open up their workshops, vendors set up stalls in the market place and I sit and watch as Stari Grad in all its beauty gradually stirs to life. I think to myself how fortunate I am to be alive in this place, in this time and savour the experience of being in Sarajevo.

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Oct 07, 2014

The Old Turkish Area

Baščaršija is the old Turkish area of Sarajevo. The name means main market. Baščaršija dates from the16th century.

One of the oldest streets in Baščaršija is Kazandžiluk Street which means Coppersmith Street. This street is lined with beautiful copper goods such as coffee pots and plates. There are many other interesting craft streets and stalls in this area. There are also several mosques, restaurants and a famous Ottoman fountain. If you drink from the fountain you will return to Sarajevo some day.

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Aug 05, 2013

Bascarsija, Sarajevo, BAH

The heart and soul of Sarajevo and a striking reminder of its Ottoman past but also home to a majority of the city's hotels, restaurants, sights and nightspots.

Its such alive and colorful area, makes me spend more hours as sipping a nice coffee and feeding the pigeons which are hanging around .. :)

While the area was the centre of trade and commerce during the Ottoman's lengthy rule nowadays its rebuilt lanes are packed with a mix of locals, independent travellers and tour groups virtually around the clock: eating, shopping, drinking or just soaking up the atmosphere during an evening stroll.

Just visit the area, eat some cevapcici, walk around and enjoy ... :)

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Jul 20, 2013
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As with many of my Sarajevo tips, I experienced them after dark. We walked around the old centre and took in the art and crafts shops along with traditional restaurants.

These streets are full of history and culture.

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Nov 12, 2011


This is the hub of the old town, and main attraction of Sarajevo, mainly in Turkish style, shops , places to eat and drink, just enjoy the atmosphere. This is where all the trams head for. ( i was told to pronouce it Bosh-char-shee-ya. ) The pigeons are here as well. Something thats not here is Macdonalds and Starbucks etc, the Bosnians have there own coffee places and cafes serving cevapi and the like.

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Sep 23, 2010

bird life of Bascarsija

... it is iconic image of Sarajavo with pigeons under the poplar trees and around Sebilj - the fountain; plenty of them in a crowd, people walking by and children scare them off, some men feeding them and other - plenty to say - taking photos here. In fact, it is great place to sit down, having a coffee or pita (or cevapi if you prefer) and watch the activity in this most scenic of the squares in Bascarsija, the old quarter in Sarajevo.

The pigeons here rest at the roofs of the nearest buildings, and well, they make mess too on the floor, although you will see some people sitting right there where the mess is. Sometimes you feel like you can touch the pigeon, they are not at all scared.

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Apr 21, 2010

The old town, Bascarsija

The old town, Bascarsija is a cozy area in the centre of Sarajevo with old Bosnian architecture and narrow pedestrian promenades. You will find a lot of small restaurants here.

You need a functional speech disorder to pronounce the name "Bascarsija". The place should have had a name-change for long time ago.

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Jul 08, 2009

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Turkish Quarter (Bascarsija)

The Turkish Quarter is a famous area of Sarajevo, which has a large Muslum population. This area of the city is said to preserve the Ottoman culture from the 19. century. There are many cafes, wooden houses, mosques, and narrow lanes.

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Mar 27, 2009


Bascarsija is undoubtedly the part of Sarajevo in which visitors spend the majority of their time. It is the section of Stari Grad (the old town) that was built by the Ottomans and that has that characteristic aura that leads people to proclaim Sarajevo “Europe’s most Oriental city”. The majority of buildings in the Bascarsija (which is composed of the Turkish words “baº” meaning head or chief and “çarºija” meaning market) are low structures, despite the presence of a fair number of minarets, mosques and towers, but the crowded nature of the streets can make it rather difficult to get perspective. The city was essentially built up around this nucleus starting in the 15th century, when Isa-Beg Isakovic, the governor of the Turkish province, decided to turn a 13th century Serbian citadel into a market town. Bascarsija has been destroyed and rebuilt on several occasions, thanks to ongoing Turkish wars, Austrian raids, fires, World Wars and finally the Civil War. Nevertheless, the plethora of small craftsmen and merchants (silver and coppers crafts are a specialty, but you’ll also find various textile and lots of food stores) help to preserve the traditional atmosphere. There are also many 16th century mosques in this part of the city, and the call for prayer can often be heard, as can the prayers themselves if you are visiting during a holiday, when the mosques tend to be fuller than usual.

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Jan 29, 2009

Bascarsija Dzamija

Bascarsija Mosque is another reminder of the heyday of Ottoman Turkish architecture. Constructed in 1528, it is linked to Havadze Duraka and is a fairly small affair. Given the various domes, however, it is obviously bigger than the Ferhadi Mosque. There isn’t a lot provided by way of information about the mosque, but it is nevertheless one of the most picturesque in the entire Bascarsija district. This isn’t because of the architecture or the artwork of the building, but is more because of the artists who sell their paintings outside the mosque’s gate, the open space that provides a view of the mountains and the Ottoman architecture of the surrounding buildings, and the pigeons that congregate up close towards the Sebilj na Carsiji.

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Jan 28, 2009

Sebilj u Bascarsiji

The Sebilj or Fountain is perhaps the most characteristic of all of Sarajevo’s landmarks. In the open square that leads into Bascarsija in front of the Bascarsija Mosque, it is a beautiful structure that combines with the backdrop of the mountains, the pigeon-filled square and the low, Ottoman shops to give the best and most spectacular panorama for pictures in the entire city. The first fountain here was erected by an Ottoman Wazir in 1754, but it was destroyed in the great fires that swept the city in 1852. In 1891, the architect Vancas (who also designed the Franciscan church) planned this monument, which is a wooden structure and would lead you to believe that it is an old Ottoman design. The word “Sebilj” is not, in fact, Slavic (fontana is the word most commonly used) but is an Arabic borrowing. In Arab and specifically Arab Muslim culture, sabil designates a public structure that is erected as a good deed by a pious individual – being a religion of the desert (originally), Islamic culture narrowed the application of this word to fountains built as good deeds, as nothing could be more helpful and thoughtful than ensuring a source of clean water in an arid land.

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Jan 28, 2009

Things To Do Near Bascarsija

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Brusa Bezistan

The building was erected in 1551 by Rustem Pasha, Grand Vizier of Suleyman the Magnificent, and used for selling the silk (produced in Bursa). It was damaged during the 1992 to 1995 Bosnian war and...
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Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque

This is the most significant Islamic building in Bosnia and Herzegovina, dating back to 1530. It is distinguished by its architectural values, varied base, multi dome system and courageously...
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Sebilj Fountain

The Sebilj Fountain was erected in pseudo-Moorish style in 1891. Slighly below the current position used to stand a fountain which was built in the middle of the 18th century, but burnt down almost...
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Morica Han

This han - inn, dating back from 1551, is the best preserved one in Sarajevo. During its history, it has sufered several fires and has been submitted to several repairs. Nowadays, it is the only han...
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Inat Kuca

This house is now a restaurant. It has an interesting history because it was originally on the other side of the river. In 1895 the city authorities wanted to demolish the buildings in this area to...
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