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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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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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  • Average4%
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“old town” (277 reviews)
“small shops” (51 reviews)
“buy souvenirs” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Such hustle and bustle. Very active hub with shops, restaurants and shops. We felt very safe and it was exciting

Thank Nick B
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

one you get there you can stay there forever. great food, wonderful little souvenir shops, smell of shisha and food in the air.

Thank Weronika M
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Sarajevo's old town is the closest I have seen to a Muslim town in Europe (with the exception of Istanbul). Many shops display their wares of copper, jewelry, tourist souvenirs and others. There are plenty of restaurants where you can chose from local specialties. Although...More

Thank NorbertW
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Lots of pigeons and people. This is a water fountain dating back to the 1700's, I believe. Located in the beautiful Bascrasija area (Old Town).

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Most of the attractions are around Bascarsija so this place is essential for tourists. Everything outside Bascarsija is places where Bosnian's live, and that might be also interesting to see.

Thank Renan T
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Walking around Sarajevo and learning more about the former war in Yugoslavia was both interesting and humbling. An important part of modern European history. But this monument was really disappointing. Reminds me of seeing Manneken Pis in Brussels, tiny and insignificant (sorry Belgium). The Bascarsija...More

Thank ETWTraveller
Reviewed 25 July 2017

If you love roaming around market stalls, love the smell of local food in the air, love to hear local chatter and seeing a myriad of people from various walks of life (ie: people watching), this is the place to be. Worth spending some time...More

Thank roamas
Reviewed 24 July 2017

When you walk in Bascarsija you can smell and see huge array of food around you, so your stomach is begging to stop, if possible, everywhere and try everything. Handcrafts are offered, historic places are around with many stories to be told, humorous people are...More

Thank VlaJov
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Ok the monument isn't all that exciting but you need to walk through Sarajevo old town as it is amazing. I loved it.

Thank Africache
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

It's magical walking in the past while moving from old to new and from a religion where to another and from east to west ..... it's a unique city where deferent faces, colors , languages, religions, race & nationalities .... united in a city. Enjoy...More

Thank Fayez M
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