The Academy of Fine Arts
The Academy of Fine Arts
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The academy first served as the first church in 1899 in a Neo-Romanesque-Byzantine style. The building was handed to the University of Sarajevo after the Academy of Fine Arts was established in 1972. The central part of the building still retains the original look of the church with a central dome covered in dark green tiles. There are two symmetric Neo-Romanesque wings extending from the central with what looks like Neo-Moorish decorations where the cornice would be located. An absolutely stunning building. I tried to enter, but it looks like it’s for students and staff only.
Written 10 June 2023
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia4,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This fine building stands on the southern bank of the River Miljacka the crossing point is the Festina Lente.
This structure has had an extensive refurbishment considering the damage it sustained during the war.
Written 27 May 2023
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June A
Surrey, UK2,715 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This amazing looking building stands across from the Festina Lende bridge and is sadly not open to the public - understandble given its purpose. One can but admire it from afar.
Written 11 January 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,307 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Located just across the Festina Lente Bridge, The Academy of Fine Arts is an impressive building. I walked in and was immediately told that it was not open to the public. Originally the building had been an Evangelical Church and had been opened in 1899. Over time the congregation grew smaller and in 1971 it was signed over to the Sarajevo City Council which established a school of fine arts there. It is a beautiful building and definitely a photo opportunity. It is clearly visible whilst walking along the river bank.
Written 29 June 2019
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SEs
London, UK25,921 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
This is a beautiful building. An old church converted to a school. The architecture is beautiful. A good place to take photos.
Written 12 March 2019
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,985 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
One of my favourite buildings erected during the Austro Hungarian period, an Evangelical church. After WWII there were fewer Evangelists left in the city and so the church was handed over to the city authorities, and today it is used to house the Academy of Fine Arts.
Written 30 December 2018
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Lingang
Henderson, NV1,540 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
It is a fine building and seems to have a lot happy students, but it is not a museum and not open for public
Written 15 November 2018
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Kuzmanija
Belgrade, Serbia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
I wasn't being able to get in there, but the building was very nice. This was a former church, and now it is an Academy of Fine Arts. Nice place to be at the sunset, away from the city crowd, but still so close to the center.
Written 15 April 2018
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Jedai79
Singapore, Singapore2,728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Walked past this building and Festina Lente Bridge many times from 19-21 Nov 2016 as they were very close to Courtyard by Marriott Hotel where we stayed.

We love The Academy of Fine Arts and Festina Lente Bridge (just in front of the Academy) very much! Both have “rewritten” our impression of Sarajevo. Fellow Singaporeans who have been to Bosnia and Herzegovina (mostly went to Mostar only) only mentioned about the old buildings they saw that were with bullet holes which then gave us a rather gloomy picture of the country. Then, we read that Sarajevo is unsafe etc. Thank God we included Sarajevo in our itinerary, made sure we drove here, if not, we would have missed so much, as in the architecture and also realised that Sarajevo isn’t as “unsafe” as it has been described to be or because we were lucky? We still walked on the streets when night fell and we noticed a huge police station opposite this academy with many police cars, possibly the HQ or something. We didn’t feel unsafe walking around in Sarajevo.

This academy is about 5 min walk from Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and 5-8 min walk from Ferhadija Pedestrian Street (Sarajevo main shopping street).

Note: for those who are keen to go on a driving tour, do take a look at our itinerary for our 20-day trip to the Balkans (most of our hotel reviews are with dates, hence you will know which date(s) we were at which city). Only the first 3-4 days of our trip we were without a car and those days were spent in Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Do take a look at the hotel we stayed in Zagreb because that hotel made our bus trip to Plitvice easy. Point to note is that English is a compulsory subject in school for all Croatians from aged 7 onwards. Only the older folks do not speak much English, the rest of the citizens/residents speak English fluently. As for Sarajevo, we chose Courtyard by Marriott Hotel mainly because it’s a 4-star or 4.5-star hotel under Marriott brand so that our car is safe and we would feel safe staying in the hotel after reading all the “scary” accounts. But Sarajevo isn’t as bad as it has been described to be, as mentioned above. However, we still won’t dare to park our rented car at an unsecured car park, we won’t wanna take the risk. Bosnians’ English may not be as fluent as the Croatians’ but so far all the Bosnians we approached could understand us and we could understand them too. So no problemo! Enjoy Sarajevo!

Written 9 November 2017
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IgorMarkovic
Smederevo, Serbia1,799 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
The building of the Academy of Fine Arts is probably one of the most beautiful buildings in Sarajevo. Situated on the banks of Miljacka river, it was built in a classicist manner and was rebuilt after the war.
Written 3 October 2017
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