Before you depart for Bosnia, you’ll want to learn more about the city of Sarajevo. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, here are some places to visit. These include the Old Orthodox Church, the Bascarsija Old Bazaar, Sebilj Fountain, and the Gazi Husrevbeg Mosque.
Old Orthodox Church
When visiting Sarajevo, be sure to visit the Old Orthodox Church, also known as the Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. This church dates back to 1539, but was built on older foundations.
Bascarsija Old Bazaar
The Bascarsija Old Bazaar is the cultural and historical center of Sarajevo. It was first built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Ishakovi founded the city.
The Sebilj Fountain in Sarajevo is an Ottoman-style wooden fountain that dates back to 1753. Built by Mehmed Pasha Kukavica, the fountain was relocated to its current location by Austrian architect Alexander Wittek in 1891. Visitors to Sarajevo often claim the fountain draws them back to the city.
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Explore Gazi Husrev-beg mosque in Sarajevo to discover the history and architecture of this beautiful, Gothic-style building. This mosque was built in 1531 and funded by the second Ottoman governor of Tour Bosnia. The mosque features a 45m minaret and a magnificent interior. You can walk through the mosque’s courtyard to admire its fountain, chestnut trees, and the turbe, which was built by the mosque’s founder.
The free walking tour of Sarajevo, led by locals, is a fascinating look at the city’s rich history. The tour includes a look at the Siege of Sarajevo, the reconstruction of city hall, and the bazaar district of Bascarsija. The guided tour lasts about 2.5 hours.
Mount Trebevic is one of Sarajevo’s closest mountains and is accessible by cable car, taking less than 12 minutes. It has a 1627-meter summit, which is popular for bobsledding during the winter Olympics. The mountain is now used for sightseeing and other recreational activities, like picnics.