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Bascarsija

Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old town” (277 reviews)
“small shops” (51 reviews)
“buy souvenirs” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 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.

Thank Hazzaa A
Reviewed 6 April 2017 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...More

Thank Damir T
Reviewed 4 April 2017 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...More

Thank speedtripper
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Personally I did not like this place as it is really derelict and filthy. Full of pidgeons and thiefs. But on the other hand, one can feel that this place has a soul.

Thank Mario I
Reviewed 4 April 2017

TOP location, you see different cultures, religions, totally different than rest of Europe, great people, nice city, lot of history to feel

Thank FilipovicZlatan
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Hello, Bascarsija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. Bascarsija is the best part of Sarajevo for me

Thank Claire L
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

It is like an Ottoman Anatolian city centre and the atmosphere is lovely. It takes you inside and it is hard to resist. Even when it is crowded it is not a mess. The buildings are not tall and it still keeps the old soul...More

Thank Yalçın K
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Had a really great time during the weekend visit. Try Bosnian coffee, it's delicious as well as their traditional dishes.

Thank Anita M
Reviewed 14 March 2017

While eating food at restaurant talk to local people and find rooms, flats or accommodation of any sort. be distracted by pictures, history, people...when you forget to pay they will tell you good bye, have a nice day and after you leave restaurant they will...More

Thank Shamsa01
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Very easy to find. With google maps of course.Good experience.If you plan to visit Bosnia you must go there.Eat Čevapi u lepinji and drink turkish coffe.To bad, you can't drink beer within

Thank Kristjan B
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