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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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“old town” (248 reviews)
“small shops” (49 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The place is very interesting to see with its old buildings, markets and souvenir shops. Ottoman vibe in a small scale. Many places for food and refreshments are available here. It gets really busy in the summer. Many of the best places to eat are...More

Thank Šejma Š
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to walk around and a lot of bars and resturant to have a drink or nice tasty lunch or dinner, busy in summer time

Thank mark g
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Past summer I visited Sarajevo for the first time. I live in Skopje, so we have an old bazaar as well, and I was little bit suspicions about what to expect from Bascarsija. And what I can say... it is smaller... less organized... but... it...More

Thank Anita P
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Over three days, between meetings, I explored Sarajevo on this side of the river, looking for souvenirs and something that felt a little like being on holiday - this was a business trip. This is that area. The fountain is beautiful, especially at night, and...More

Thank Nick C
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

We're staying in an apartment in the center of Bascarjisa.I suggest you to stay near here.Because: The best restaurants are here Lots of gift shops It's easy to find your way Easy to find a tram Near the touristic places -We walked around Bascarjisa many...More

Thank Yaren D
Reviewed 19 January 2017

It is so surreal walking through the streets of Sarajevo after growing up watching it on the news every night. The Bascarsija has everything from little shops, bars, cafes, restaurants to lively local people and their culture. The architecture and unique flair of the area...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This is the best part of the city. From souvenir shops to cafe bars, restaurants and bazaars all over this area. Great place to taste some traditional Bosnian food, have a great coffee and buy some handmade souvenir. It's a must visit spot.

Thank Almir V
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Little shops, cafés, patisseries, friendly people, warm welcoming city. Place to come back to every time you are in Sarajevo

Thank Zrinka J
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

To have been able to see this is so fascinating. The architecture alone is formidable, but the thing which makes it so magical is that you can see the beautiful and majestic mountains over the rooftops of the shops.

Thank Ali I
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I love this city. Very interesting old place. Lots of small shops, bars and streets. It is a most beautiful part of Sarajevo. Highly recommended

Thank Ivan M
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