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Address: Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone Number:
+387 61 245 622
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Center of Sarejova

It is very important place for meeting your friends. We can say it is center of the city. There are a lot of monuments around there. My advice that you should eat something... read more

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14 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is very important place for meeting your friends. We can say it is center of the city. There are a lot of monuments around there. My advice that you should eat something there but not drink.

Thank yascartes
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is one of Europe's only remaining old towns that has not been destroyed by tourism. It is full of locals, and regular stores where they shop, not just expensive tourist traps. It has the great energy and vibe of a Turkish bazaar ... coffee cafes, hookah places, rug stores, copper shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants serving traditional Bosnian... More 

Thank NoFixedPlans
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can see the Ottoman history of Bosnia in this area, full of mosques, shops, restaurants and coffee shops. You can enjoy the Bosnian coffee with peice of lukum served in traditional way. You can also buy souvenirs and handmade jewelry with good price.

Thank Mohammad S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

if you drink from the fountain you will always return to Sarajevo, or so the legend/story goes. it doesnt hurt to drop a few coins for the 7 brate tho.

Thank Daood L
Antwerp, Belgium
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800 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This part of Sarajevo is clearly a reflection of a typical Ottoman city. Just lovely to wander through the small streets with the mosques, churches, shops, bars and restaurants. One can easily spend the day over here.

Thank Peter D
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

People should clean this place once in a while. Everything is so dirty. Service is awful!!!😢😢😢Such an interesting place with people who just want to sell things, they don't even bother to be nice.

Thank Elma O
İstanbul, Türkiye
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

touristic and historic place but so noisy you can discover ottoman cultury in here and peoples are so welcome .enjoy

Thank Sahinbcr
Zagreb, Croatia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With its Balkanic roots and a great Ottoman/Turkish influence, Baščaršija is definitely the most significant and the most important part of Sarajevo. Its charming little shops, restaurants and coffee places show what the Orient is all about. It greatly resembles some Turkish cities, and the Turkish language can be heard on every corner. The only thing I disliked was the... More 

Thank leakrn
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The middle of the city with so many beautiful things to see, amazing food to eat and traditional stores to buy stuff at. The area is quite unique, that's for sure.

Thank Maja P
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my family enjoyed there we have spent a very good time with a full of historical places and traditional food as well.


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