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Address: Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone Number: +387 61 245 622
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Bascarsija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center...

Bascarsija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. Bascarsija was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isakovic founded the town. The word Bascarsija derives from the Turkish language. The word "bas" which is "bas" in Turkish literally means "head", in some contexts however also "primary", "main", "capital" and "carsija" which is "carsi" in Turkish means "bazaar" or "market". Due to the large fire in the 19th century, today Bascarsija is half the size that it once was.

Bascarsija is located on the north bank of the river Miljacka, in the municipality of Stari Grad. On Bascarsija there are several important historic buildings, such as the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and sahat-kula. Today Bascarsija is the major tourist attraction of Sarajevo.

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Little Istanbul

We made a tour through Bosnia and stayed also in Sarajevo. Usually I enjoy the outdoor, not so much the city, but this place surprised me. First of all it is really small Istanbul... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We made a tour through Bosnia and stayed also in Sarajevo. Usually I enjoy the outdoor, not so much the city, but this place surprised me. First of all it is really small Istanbul with the bazaars, kebabs, shops,... Just great atmosphere. People were friendly and it is really a must see visiting Sarajevo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

A place you must visit to understand the historical events that Sarajevo faced, with a small street market, yet joy-able.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

So old Sarajevo is quite the historic place. You can see just how so by wondering through the old town. Ottoman influence mixes in heavily. Soft calls to prayer echo over the low buildings of the old city as you wander around the pedestrian streets, past small traditional restaurants and newer fast food stops. People here are quite friendly. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

If you are in Sarajevo either on business with family or alone this is place is a MUST SEE. It is a historic place where many cultures through time will meet. Don't hesitate to look up a guide to get the most out of this place.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Baščaršija is a great place to see a bit of Turkey in the Balkan area. Full of little shops, nice restaurants and coffe/tea spots. YOu must have a turkish-tea....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

The old town of Sarajevo is a mixture of cultures. It is buzzy but not overcrowded in the streets. There are a few mosques where you can visit, there is the bridge were the heir to the throne of the Austria was murdered.... Many things to see, pigeons to feed... You can spend a few here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is a popular area for both locals and tourists and you see them easily mingling together whether its for a quick coffee or sitting outside at a restaurant. Lots of jewelry stores sells crystal rings and touristy tea sets. Definitely walk down the small alleyways and you will end up at an area that is full of locals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Bascarsija (old town) has a wonderful ambience.... of small shops packed into narrow streets with Ottoman influences everywhere . People having Bosnian coffee and dining on the famous Chevapi (skinless sausages in a bread pocket with chopped onion) and Bureks (with meat /cheese/ spinach cheese fillings , in filo pastry ) The entire old town area has such an exotic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Taste of Sarajevo is here, with plenty traditional souvenirs, plenty places to try traditional food, like Pod Lipom or Mrkva. Orthodox church, Mosque and Catholic Church all within a kilometre radius. Fascinating place! (heard that synagogue is somewhere there too,but haven't been)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

The streets, the whole town actually, oozes a specific kind of energy. Everyone is so friendly, and everything is so quiet and calm, especially during the daily prayers. The abundance of shops, be it hookah bars, sweets vendors or traditional wares salesmen, it's a sight to be seen. Even the walk down the narrow streets is an experience in and... More 

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