Sarajevo

Overview

Introduction

Once ravaged by war, today Sarajevo is a symbol of renewal. Hotels and cafes have reopened, and a normal bustle occurs on the streets. Outdoor events, including an important film festival, are held during the summer, and Jazz Fest Sarajevo, held in November, attracts an international audience. The National Theatre and other artist venues are in business again, and trendy shops are available for customers to peruse. Sarajevo is definitely attracting visitors once more as a multicultural, cosmopolitan city.

In Sarajevo, places to visit include the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which displays exhibits of historical and cultural significance, and the Svrzo House (located at Glodzina 8), an example of an 18th- to 19th-century nobleman's home. Visiting the Turkish Quarter, known as the Bascarsija (pronounced Bash-CHAR-she-ya), is also interesting. Besides being a shopping district where you can buy local foods and crafts, the area is home to the 16th-century Gazi Husrev-Bey mosque, which is one of the city's best-known landmarks.

One unique site not to be missed in Sarajevo is the War Museum Tunnel. Located at Tuneli 1, this is a tunnel that was originally built during the war to take supplies and communication into the city. Not all of the original tunnel is available to tour; however, enough remains to see war memorabilia displayed inside. For additional information, phone 387-0612-13760. Daily "war tours" include a visit to the museum along with, among other site visits, a walk down sniper alley. These tours are offered by a number of operators and travel agencies in town.

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