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Address: Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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+387 61 245 622
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Bascarsija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center...

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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Balkan tour

We started our Balkan tour here and we had fabulous guide in Sarajevo to hear more things about the recent history of 90s.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mircea R
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We started our Balkan tour here and we had fabulous guide in Sarajevo to hear more things about the recent history of 90s.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place to walk - even with the snow fall we received ! A bit of a surprise! We found a lot of good eats around here Goods sold mainly come from turkey , India or Pakistan so it's a bit hard to find locally made things

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Zadar, Croatia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Historical place to see,we were accomodated near by and took a stroll to Bascarsija a few times.if you are going with children do keep an eye on them.also do keep an eye on your things,there is a lot of thiefes near by

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Reviewed 1 week ago

very beatiful with a lot of pigeon around. easy to get money changer if you want buy something from Sarajevo like fridge magnets. lot of cafes and restaurants also.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very old, very Ottoman and very alive... Loved it :) Definetly experience it with the mosques, cafes and shopping stores.

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Podgorica, Montenegro
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The must see place in Sarajevo. We felt like we went back in time. Very nicely preserved. Full of souvenir shops and 'cevapi' places.

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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike Mostar, Sarajevo's Old Town is significantly large and with many highlights. The mosques, fountains and very small shops selling souvenirs and typical accessoires. For example, the street of the coppersmiths is a must in case you want to buy the typical Bosnian coffee sets. :) There are also countless caffees and restaurants, you will for sure find a nice... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is really amazing old place with a lot of restaurants Bosnia and Turkish. I advise everyone to visit Konyali Ahmet ust restaurant. It serves really delicious food and the staffs are friendly. The price is reasonable.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the heart of Sarajevo, the Mixture of cultures... all the traditional Bosnian food "Cevape", Burek, all the coffees - with fantastic deserts that you can't get enough of... seriously. The prices are the cheapest in Europe, the cheapest capital in Europe. All the nargilas / Shisha are also top of the line. I love Caraija, I come every... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This old center of town has sights like the Gazi Husrev-Bey Mosque, the old covered Market and the Sebiliji Fountain, but the real draw there is to wander the small streets and have a coffee or a bite to eat amongst locals. Shops seem to cater to tourists (although I saw very few if any), and sell the same types... More 

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