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City Guide: SarajevoSurrounded by mountains and situated around the Miljacka River, Sarajevo is the capital and the most populous city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The capital is the economic, administrative, cultural, educational and sport center of the country. Sarajevo is famous for its religious and cultural diversity. For centuries, the city has been the location of peaceful coexistence for Muslims, Jews, Serbs, Turks, Croats and the other communities.
Tourist AttractionsYou will find the traces of the Ottoman Empire while touring the city. At this term, the city has been in a significant location on the east-west routes. Also, the Austro-Hungarian period is reflected in the railways and some of the structures of the city.
Ali Pasha's Mosque (Alipašina džamija) built in 1561 is one of the splendid mosques with its cupola. The Emperor's Mosque (Careva džamija) and Gazi Husref-bey's Mosque (Gazi Husrefbegova džamija) are among the other fundamental cultural and religious monuments of the city.
The Town Hall (Gradska vijećnica) officially opened in 1896 is a fantastic architectural structure from the Austro-Hungarian Period.
The Orthodox Cathedral constructed by Anreja Damjanovic between 1863 and 1868 is one of the biggest Orthodox cathedrals in the Balkan Region. With its three-naved architecture, the interior walls of the church are garnished via painted ornaments. Sarajevo Cathedral is another crucial religious monument carrying Romanesque and Gothic styles.
The Old Jewish Temple built in 1581 is a historical synagogue with an Inn called the Great Courtyard. This courtyard served to the Sarajevo Jews.
Sebilj Fountain placed at Baščaršija is the only structure of its type in the city. The Sebilj was built in 1891.
Botanical Garden of the National Museum located at the center of the city is a component of the National Museum. Residing on an area of 14.270 m2, the garden is home to 2.000 plant species.
Culture & EntertainmentSarajevo National Theater established in 1921 is home to a great deal of performances including drama, ballet, opera, music and night programs. Sarajevo Opera Hose and Sarajevo Ballet stage their best productions under the roof of this cultural and theatrical center.
The Bosniac Institute (Foundation Adil Zulfikarpašić) is an educational, cultural and scientific institution. This establishment is the center for improving culture, history, literature, religion and a great range of arts of the inhabitants living in the city. The complex harbors a library and a club. Bosniac Institute Library has a wealthy collection of handwritings, art works, publications and more.
Standing as one of the oldest libraries in Europe, Gazi Husrev-Bey’s Library has a collection of 50.000 works including books and archive documents in different languages. The manuscripts prepared in Turkish witness the social, economical, cultural and political incidents of the Ottoman period.
Lunched in 1995, Sarajevo Film Festival is one of the most significant organizations in the Balkans with respect to the film sector. Festival hosts the best selections from the world cinematography.
The mountains surrounding the city are eligible for winter sports, especially for skiing.
Food & DrinkThe cosmopolitan social structure and cultural life of the city is effective over the culinary culture of the city. Different religions and different ethnicities are the actors of this diversity. Also, you will be able to taste palates from the world cuisine.
Ćevapi (ćevapčići) is the Bosnian national flavor. These small dumplings are made of minced meat, garlic, onion and different kinds of vegetables and spices. The average length of ćevapi is 5 cm. This internationally known palate is served with milk products such as yogurt and sour milk.
ShoppingThe city's Old Town is the main place for souvenirs. Brass Alley in the Old Town is filled with small metal ware shops and sellers of local products. Bascarsjia which is the Turkish section of Sarajevo is home to a bazaar selling metal works, jewelery and pottery. Each street of this location is for a different kind of city crafts.
Gazi Husref-bey's covered market building (Gazi Husrefbegov bezistan) with a length of 109 meters is another significant market of the city.
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The Balkans Without a VisaSister city: Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Capital of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo is a historic city brimming with vestiges of Ottoman culture. Perched on the two banks of the Miljacka River in a valley flanked by mountains, it exhibits a quintessential Balkan cultural synthesis. At one end of the avenues you can see historic mosques and khans; at the other, examples of classic European architecture. The main market, or Bashcharshi to the locals, is an historic district where the city’s character makes itself felt. Aka the Turkish Quarter, it is reminiscent of an old Anatolian town. In the center of market square, which is surrounded by wooden houses with tile roofs, stands an historic shadervan or fountain with pool. The jewelers, leather dealers and other artisans in the market, which also boasts an Ottoman period clock tower, practice their arts today as they did in the past.
• Library Building
• Latin Bridge
• Tunnel Museum
Salute to Rumeli:
skopje (Macedonia)Capital of Macedonia, Skopje lies in the upper reaches of the Vardar River. With traces of settlement going back six thousand years, the city was under Ottoman rule for more than five centuries. The 15th century Mustafa Pasha Mosque is one of its finest examples of Islamic architecture, and the multi-arched Stone Bridge has joined the two halves of the town for centuries. Skopje Castle is one of the first structures to attract attention in this city where modern and traditional exist side by side. Built by the Byzantines in the 6th century, its walls offer a fabulous view. The Old Bazaar, one of the Balkans’ most colorful open-air markets, promises a pleasant tour with its cobbled lanes and pastel-painted shops. The Church of Sveti Spas (Holy Salvation), whose courtyard houses the tombs of Macedonia’s national heroes, attracts visitors with its intricately carved wooden altar screen.
Skopje was the birth place of one of the leading lights of Turkish literature, Yahya Kemal Beyatlı (1884-1958). A poet, Beyatlı is best known for his poems The Dome of Our Own Sky and Glorious Istanbul.
• The Old Bazaar
• Skopje Castle
• Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Enjoying kafana in Belgrade
Capital of Serbia, Belgrade is a city worth seeing for its two-thousand-year history, its architectural wonders and its fascinating museums. And the quarter of Skadarlija is the best place for partaking in the extended pleasures of the traditional Slavic coffeehouse known as Kafana. Don’t miss the flea market in Novi Belgrad either.
On to the Adrıatıc: Tirana (Albania)
Capital of Albania, Tirana lies in the foothills of Mt. Daiti, a well-known national park and ski resort. The heart of the country’s culture and economy, the city is only 25 kilometers inland from the Adriatic. This city of green mountains and cultural diversity with a majority Muslim population is undergoing rapid change today. Old buildings are being razed and the beauty of the Lana River being laid bare. Parks are being enlarged, dining and shopping venues diversified. Scander Beg Square at the city center is encircled by museums and opera houses. All the avenues are laid out to end at this square. A portion of the upwards of a thousand Ottoman monuments in the country are in Tirana. Among them the most famous are Ethem Bey Mosque, Taner Bridge, the Clock Tower and Kaplan Pasha Tomb. Dubbed ‘the Pyramid’, the culture center meanwhile is one of the city’s most popular meeting places.
Young capital: Prishtina
Main artery of Prishtina, capital of Kosovo, Mother Theresa Boulevard is the city’s shopping, eating and drinking, and entertainment district. Other must-see sights here include the New Born Obelisk, symbol of independence in the city center, the National Museum, the University of Prishtina, and the Old Town with its traditional buildings.
• Ethem Bey Mosque
• Tirana Archaeological
• The Big Lake Park
Museum city: Zagreb (Croatia)
On the banks of the Sava River facing the southern slopes of Mt. Medvednica, Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. The city, which consists of two main districts very different in character, stands out for its museums, art galleries and dynamic urban lifestyle. Trg Bana Jelacica, the city’s main square, is a good place to start a tour. The old town, Gronji Grad, is famous for its colorful market place and elegant buildings. Lotrscak Tower, built in the 13th century to defend the city gates, is ideal for a pleasant view. Donji Grad, Zagreb’s other historic district, is proud of its fashionable squares, broad avenues and tasteful gardens. Laid out on a grid plan, the district is also home to several museums. The Archaeological Museum, famous for its mummies, Croatian Natural History Museum full of remains from prehistoric eras, and the City Museum which chronicles the Zagreb’s development from the Romans to the present, are all worth seeing. Eastern Europe’s biggest park, Maximir, is also worth adding to your list.
• Medvednica Nature Park
• St. Catherine’s Church
• Arts and Crafts Museum
Confluence of rivers:
Capital of Montenegro, Podgorica is one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. Home of the Illyrian tribes in antiquity, the city still exhibits traces of the Ottomans, who ruled here for four hundred years starting from the 15th century. Sahat Kula is one of the first structures you will encounter on your tour of the old city (Stara Varos). Commissioned by Hajji Pasha Osmanagich, this clock tower is a historic and cultural monument. Sveti Djordje Church at the city center goes back to the Middle Ages. A large number of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts are exhibited at the City Museum. The Natural History Museum informs visitors about the richness of nature in Montenegro. The Petrovic Palace, noteworthy for its 19th century architecture, has been converted into an art center. With its broad squares and government buildings, the Nova Varos District symbolizes the city’s modern face. And Millennium Bridge over the Moraca River complements this beautiful scene.
• Dajbabe Monastery
• The Ruins of Duklja
• The Town of Nemanjin Grad
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Address : Sarajevo International Airport Kurta Schorka 36 71210 Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Phone : +387 33 289 100
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