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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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Walk or stop to drink turkish coffe, local named: KAFA... You have to try it. DO not give money to "gypsys"

Reviewed 25 October 2016
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

Walk or stop to drink turkish coffe, local named: KAFA... You have to try it. DO not give money to "gypsys"

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Reviewed 21 October 2016

Really nice place but be extra careful with your beg. take your time to stroll every streets. You will be surprised with what you will find

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Traditional ottoman market where new meets old, East meets West, Christianity meets with Islam and Judaism. Real melting pot of cultures and religions. Many shops selling souvenirs, but also traditional craftsmen offer their services - shoemakers, jewellers, bakers, carpets... This is a living working market, full of locals and definitely not just for tourists. The array of restaurants and cafes... More 

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Sibenik, Croatia
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place to visit while in Sarajevo. This is the place who has clash of different cultures. It is really crowdy so be carefull while walking there. There are souvenirs shops so get yourself a part of Sarajevo because is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Unique place not to miss, Baščaršija is in a fact old bazaar which was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isaković founded the town. This is historical and cultural center of the city buzzing with handicraft shops, jewellers, restaurants and cake shops not to miss. Wooden fountain Sebelj built by Ottomans is placed proudly on the entry or on... More 

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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

A historical place, you could inhale history as if it was in the air, lots of place for souvenirs and coffee shop, you may feed pigeons there as well and have a sip of fresh water from the sibelj. Hit helpful if it was useful for you

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Bursa, Turkey
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a lively yet historical shopping place from the 15th century Ottoman era. You can experience the church-mosque-synagogue trilogy, drink perfect coffee and eat delicious Burek. Shoppers don't like bargaining...

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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Great to see people walking, talking, playing... It's truly a nice little plaza that is great for the entire family.

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Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is the ONE thing you MUST see when in Sarajevo. It is old, wooden, and is what everyone thinks of when seeing Sarajevo.

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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Baščaršija the most beautiful colorful place to visit. The old Turkish town is an yin and yang feeling with the new architecture on the street off Ferhadija. You can feel the culture, shop, drink turkish coffee, smoke nargila, eat delicious food and pastry. Don't forget ice cream in summer. Highly recommended

Thank Denisa B

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