Multi-ethnic and multi-religious City of Sarajevo is a treasure trove of historic sites. There are a lot of unique places you you will visit on this 4-hour walking tour. The three events which are most commonly associated with the city are:
the start of WWI with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in 1914, hosting the Winter Olympics in1984, and the siege in the mid-90s during the war.
For centuries is Sarajevo also known for its coexistence of different religions and faiths whose monuments and churches we will visit on this city tour. The fact is that within a city block of 300 metres you can find a Mosque, an Orthodox church, a Catholic church and a Synagogue.
Picturesque neighbourhood Alifakovac is one of the oldest urban settlements in Sarajevo with the most beautiful cemetery in this area. Many painters, photographers and writers were inspired by this wonderful place.
In the famous Bascarsija - Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city, built in the 15th century, you can drink tap water from the famous Sebilj and try unique Bosnian coffee called „kahva“.
Visiting Sarajevo means to witness the greatest sorrow and greatest success of modern civilization. Sarajevo is a city in which people keep coming back. A magnificent bastion of multicultural gloss.
Our first stop will be the spot of the Sarajevo Assassination of 1914 – which is one of the events most commonly associated with the city. This historical event happened close to the famous Latin Bridge, a picturesque little bridge spanning the Miljacka River that runs through the heart of Sarajevo.
We will continue our walk on the other side of Miljacka River, along its left bank, and get to an important landmark in Sarajevo - the Emperor's Mosque (Bosnian: Careva Dzamija), which is near the place where Sarajevo was founded. This is one of the first mosques built in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the first one in Sarajevo. It was built in 1462.
We will also visit the Franciscan church and monastery of St. Anthony of Padua. Afterwards, we will walk through the picturesque neighbourhood Alifakovac located on a couple of hills where we will visit the cemetery of the same name. From the 15th century on this cemetery are buried famous Sarajevans. The place offers a beautiful panoramic view over the Old Town, the Town Hall, the remains of the ancient fortresses, the Sarajevo's Brewery, the Olympic mountain Trebevic and other sites.
After come back to the right bank of the river Miljacka we will enter the business part of the city – carsija. On the main square you can drink tap water from the famous fountain Sebilj which it is said will ensure you will never forget Sarajevo. Sebilj is one of the symbols of Sarajevo. Our next stop will be the Svrzo’s House where you can find out more about the lifestyle during the Ottoman rule in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Then we’ll visit the Old Orthodox Church, according to many one of the most beautiful orthodox churches in this area. Here we will take a break in the only caravan-saray in the Balkans where you can try unique Bosnian coffee (kahva).
In the Ghazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque we will listen to the story about the most important man in the history of Sarajevo – Ghazi Husrev Bey who is most responsible for the development of Sarajevo. Our walk continues towards the Jewish Quarter, the Old Jewish Temple and Sarajevo’s Catholic Cathedral. The city tour ends with a visit to the green marketplace Markale known for the two deadliest massacres during the siege of Sarajevo.
Departures 2018: March till November
Dates: on request
Price: 83 € per tour
Just some of the highlights on this tour
Bascarsija – this part of the city was founded in1462 when the Ottomans established the Bosnian Sanjak. The first bey was the Isa-beg Isakovic who constructed an inn and several shops on the north bank of the River Miljacka. In time the number of the inns and shops increased in this part of Sarajevo and the Bascarsija expanded. It was at its peak in the 16th century when there were 80 different crafts and over 12.000 shops. Although the Bascarsija decreased in size, it still has retained its authenticity over 600 years. Today is the Bascarsija an important part of Sarajevo's identity and a tourist attraction with meny traditional meet, pie and kebab shops (burek & cevapcici!), patisseries and restaurants with traditional specialties from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Old Orthodox Church - located in the Old Town of Sarajevo, it is one of the oldest and most valuable cultural, historical and architectural monuments of Sarajevo and one of the oldest religious buildings in the wide area. It was first mentioned in Ottoman sources dating to 1539, but it is assumed that it was built on the foundations of an even older church. Its interior is a treasury of extraordinary examples of wood and stonemason's craft and art of icon-painting. The belfry was added in 1883 and it was reconstructed in 1960 when it gained its current appearance. Inside there is museum with a valuable collection of icons from the 13th to 19th century, numerous manuscripts, liturgical and artistic exhibits.
Ghazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque - one of the most significant religious monuments of the Islamic architecture in the Balkans, built in 1530. The mosque was designed by Adzem Esir Ali from Tibris, one of the biggest architects of Istanbul, and built by masters from Dubrovnik, then very famous for their building skills. It became one of the symbols of great importance for urban development of Sarajevo and the first mosque in the world that received electric lighting in 1898.
Franciscan Church of Saint Anthony of Padua - a Roman Catholic church which along with the adjoining Franciscan monastery, became a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After several Catholic churches built from 1697 – 1881 on this place, the last one, an example of Gothic Revival architecture, was built in 1912, designed by Josip Vancaš. Unique among the numerous churches in Sarajevo, the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua claims to be the "church of all Sarajevans", boasting regular Muslim and Eastern Orthodox attendees.
The Old Jewish Temple - also known as the Old Synagogue and the Great Temple (Il Kal Grandi), is the oldest place of worship for Jews in Sarajevo. It was built in 16th century in the city's part called 'Velika Avlija', a small Jewish neighborhood in Sarajevo’s Bascarsija. After several fires, the temple’s current appearance dates from 1813. In 1966 it became the Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and an annex of the Museum of Sarajevo, representing with great exhibitions the Jewish history in Sarajevo and Bosnia through the centuries. The Old Jewish Temple became a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2003.