SARAJEVO the fastest changing city in Europe
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SARAJEVO

Sarajevo is a city etched in the archives of history. Sarajevo became a city at the hands of Ottomans, who for centuries built Sarajevo into one of the most remarkable oriental cities in southern Europe. The beautiful Ottoman style and the old quarters still mintain an authentic Turkish carsija with oriental sweet shops,cafes and traditional Bosnian foods. In the same quarters and even on the same street corner you will find the Catholic Cathedral, not too far from there an Orthodoox church, and just around the bend a Jewish synagogue.


People of Sarajevo

But Sarajevo is not abaout its ancient or Viennese architectural...Sarajevo is about its people and its enchanting natural surroundings. Once here you will be impressed by the great soul of this place. In Sarajevo people take the time to talk youtreate you acoffee,or invite you to a bar for a drink and chat. It is a place hopping with jazz, film, theathre,folk and festivals all year round.

Taste of old world

If you venture just a few kilometars out of town you will find stunning and serene nature, ideal for hiking, skiing, biking or simply a romantic walk along an oak tree-lined alley. You may get a real taste of old world Europe in Bjelasnica Mountains medieval villages such as Lukomir and Umoljani. Or you can head north to Skakavac waterfall on Bukovik Mountain. Ilidza to the south was an ancient Roman settlement. There are parks, horse and carriage rides, and wonderful thermal spas which probably enticed the Romans to stay as long as they did. Jahorina and Bjelasnica hosted the unforgettable 1984 Winter Olympic Games and offer some of the best and most inexpensive skiing in Europe. 

Unique spirit space

For over four hundred years, mosques, synagogues, Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches have been built and have stood side by side here.

Citizens of different nationalities and religious orientations live and work together, developing their city and their own style of togetherness regardless of conquerors and foreign rulers whose identity changed over and over again, fast or slowly, depending on the historical and geopolitical situations and the great-power interests.

 

 
The Austro-Hungarian empire in Sarajevo

The Austro-Hungarian empire also left a significant mark on the cultural, historical and architectural heritage of Sarajevo and much of the city center will remind you of Vienna. The National Museum and Library were built during the short Austro-Hungarian rule here. It brought a tramway system and many of the most remarkable buildings in town.


Sarajevo Old town

 

WORLD WAR I

            On June 28, 1914, a young Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, heir to the Hapsburg throne, who was visiting Sarajevo.  During Princip’s interrogation, the police found that he was not acting entirely on his own, but was a member of a group of conspirators, aided by a Serb nationalist secret society called “the Black Hand.”  The assassination eventually led to World War I.  This event brings up a number of questions.  Why did societies like “the Black Hand” exist?  What caused their hatred for Austria?  Why did the assassination take place in Sarajevo?  To answer these questions accurately, you mast visit SARAJEVO.



SARAJEVO - many faces to see, many places to be!