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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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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“small shops” (50 reviews)
“old town” (255 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were not expecting Sarajevo to be like this at all. Pleasantly surprised by all the little alley ways and hidden cafes.

Thank Emma H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is worth seeing for the historical context but your visit will be a bit of a walk past. You can get free drinkable water from the taps on it

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is such a wonderful place to stroll through, gorgeous coffee houses, great shops and lots of people strolling through.

Thank Grainne O
Reviewed 5 days ago

Famous Bascarsija / old town is the ottoman labyrinth with a million small shops, cafés, bars, galleries... and: - Sarajevo's most important landmark, the famous Library, Vijecnica, part of the world patrimony. - Explore the austrian part of the city, 10 minutes from the house,...More

Thank Susanne P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The old town area is a wonderful place to visit, to eat, and in Sarajevo get coffee. The architecture is gorgeous and a must see for any traveler.

Thank bradhil2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eat čivapčiči sac baklava mmmm. teast it! Nice walk no rush, no unpleadent salesman. See buy craftsmen's work......

Thank atomaz
Reviewed 1 week ago

don't do more, just sit and watch the people walking, talking, buying stuff. It's the optimal place to see the cultural mix between east and west. It simply works.

Thank basvoet
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great to visit this water fountain and think of all the many characters that must have used it through out history.

Thank Debs250266
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In or close to the center of so much Sarajevo has to offer. Great restaurants in including Dveri-- which I highly recommend. Many other shops and cafes. Can't visit Sarajevo and not stop here.

Thank auburnusmc
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a lovely square with lots to see and do around it...a don't miss place...as it is the city center....of the Old City...lots of history as well.

Thank Patpv
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