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Bascarsija

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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“small shops” (49 reviews)
“old town” (247 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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+387 61 245 622
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bascarsija and its main monument "Sebilj" when in Sarajevo it's impossible to miss and not visit. It is the main heart of this city and Ottoman Empire part of Sarajevo that you can find on vast majority of postcards representing Bosnia and Herzegovina's beauties. Here...More

Thank Adna R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The real "Ottoman" feeling of being in a Balkan muslim city. Staying here was the best thing I ever did. There is a lot of souvenirshops but with a charming "bazar" feeling, owned by friendly helpful people. Nice places to eat, nice food, not too...More

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wandering the streets and alleys of Bascarsija is a treat. You can't get lost and seeing all the mosques and churches is a treat. Street with bronze smiths is a special treat.

Thank dmcnslt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is very important place for meeting your friends. We can say it is center of the city. There are a lot of monuments around there. My advice that you should eat something there but not drink.

Thank yascartes
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This is one of Europe's only remaining old towns that has not been destroyed by tourism. It is full of locals, and regular stores where they shop, not just expensive tourist traps. It has the great energy and vibe of a Turkish bazaar ... coffee...More

Thank NoFixedPlans
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

You can see the Ottoman history of Bosnia in this area, full of mosques, shops, restaurants and coffee shops. You can enjoy the Bosnian coffee with peice of lukum served in traditional way. You can also buy souvenirs and handmade jewelry with good price.

Thank Mohammad S
Reviewed 16 May 2017

if you drink from the fountain you will always return to Sarajevo, or so the legend/story goes. it doesnt hurt to drop a few coins for the 7 brate tho.

Thank Daood L
Reviewed 15 May 2017

This part of Sarajevo is clearly a reflection of a typical Ottoman city. Just lovely to wander through the small streets with the mosques, churches, shops, bars and restaurants. One can easily spend the day over here.

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

People should clean this place once in a while. Everything is so dirty. Service is awful!!!😢😢😢Such an interesting place with people who just want to sell things, they don't even bother to be nice.

Thank Elma O
Reviewed 12 May 2017

touristic and historic place but so noisy you can discover ottoman cultury in here and peoples are so welcome .enjoy

Thank Sahinbcr
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