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Address: Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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+387 61 245 622
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Experience the feeling of the old life in mideval Sarajevo

You will find a lot of small stores with local delicacies and hand made souvenires like cooper coffee sets...

Reviewed 30 November 2016
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

You will find a lot of small stores with local delicacies and hand made souvenires like cooper coffee sets...

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

This is the oldest area of Sarajevo and you have the feeling being in Turkey.Full of little shops restaurants that serve kebab and other delicacies,caffes where you can have a nargile and fountain Sebilj which is one of Sarajevo symbols.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 751 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Sarajevo is a fascinating city but Baščaršija is definitely a highlight, it is an atmospheric and charming part of the city. Baščaršija was built in 15th Century but it has managed to retain it's character and is a wonderful place to wander, especially through it's cobbled streets. My visit was midweek in November and the area was very busy but... More 

Thank paullegate
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Frankly, I'm Baščarsija imagined differently, some less like a market. However, it is nice to go through the streets with all those little things to some, beakers, trays, jewelery etc. Cafes and coffee with Nağıl with Gusto is something that gives a special flavor. Pigeons on Bascarsija delighted me. They can be purchased crumbs and corn and feed them.

Thank milasindinka
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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Its amazing, the spirit and smell of good food, cheap small shops, coffie at every corner it really is center of sarajevo.

Thank Jaša M
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

Don't forget to visit Morica Han - the old caravanserai - an ancient inn for wayfarers and their horses. Look around for Persian inscriptions from Omar Khayyam, behind carpets on the walls, and in the restaurant. And while you're looking, in a Sufi frame of mind, you may find a carpet displaying the Conference of the (thirty) Birds in their... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Wonderful place with many small and narrow pedestrian streets filled with restaurants, souvenir shops, and original stores. Looks like a great bazaar. Great place to visit and wander around looking at the many views, offerings and historical buildings.

Thank AlCarr
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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Interesting meeting point with many walking options. It is perfect for a days stroll in the city. Having lunch or dinner, buy souvenirs or just observe the crowd.

Thank parOFdice
Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Great and historical location, wherever you look you will see part of ottomans or austrohungarian histori

Thank Timur K
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This is the place to go if you want to see what Sarajevo is all about. Many nice restaurants and places to hang out. Most important heritage site in the city!

Thank Denis S

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