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What to See and Do in Sarajevo

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Nestled in a beautiful valley is Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The city has an extremely interesting history and is known as the place where the Eastern and Western Roman Empires were split.  Additionally, it was an area where the Eastern Orthodox peoples of the east, the Ottomans of the south, and the Roman Catholics of the west lived, met, and continually warred for the right to dominate the region.  The following will give you an idea of what to see and do in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Cemeteries – for those individuals who are drawn to cemeteries, this one will leave you touched by the past.  The white marble headstones mark the burial sites of those in their 20’s who gave their lives during the different wars and serve as a constant reminder of the devastation and tragedy that Sarajevo underwent less than 20 years ago.

Latin Bridge – the Archduke of Hungary, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated at this spot and triggered the start of the First World War.  A plaque commemorates the event and at one time, there was a memorial commemorating Gavrilo Princip, Ferdinand’s assassin on the bridge itself.  However, during the war of 1992-95, the plaque was removed.

Markale Market Place – the big yellow structure marks the starting point of the NATO intervention and the beginning of the end of the war of 1992-95.  It was also the site of two bombings that took the lives of 40 individuals in February of 1994 and August of 1995.  In terms of casualties suffered here it is first in importance while second in importance is the fact that the NATO military forces intervened.

Morica Han (Morica Inn) – located in Saraci (Old Town), it is the only accommodations in Sarajevo that was preserved from the Ottoman occupation.  The first floor which offered 43 rooms to traveling traders has been converted into a carpet shop and a restaurant that serves the traditional Bosnian and Herzegovina cuisine.

Old Town – this is a must-see destination on any vacation itinerary with its Oriental-like shops, mosques, and cobbled streets situated in the heart of Sarajevo which makes one feel that they are a world away from the European continent.  When the noontime call-to-prayer begins, you will feel as though you have been transported to the Middle East.  Even though you may be walking past an orthodox sanctuary, Roman Catholic Church, or Jewish Synagogue during the noon hour, you can still hear the Muslim’s daily call-to-prayer.

 

Hotels in Sarajevo

Guest House Kandilj- roomGuest House Kandilj
Average Price: €40
Average Rating: 9.5

Inn Harmony- roomInn Harmony
Average Price: €25
Average Rating: 9

Inn Konak- roomInn Konak
Average Price: €57
Average Rating: 9.5

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.


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