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Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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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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“small shops” (49 reviews)
“old town” (247 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bascarsija, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 61 245 622
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A beautiful place in the heart of Sarajevo, one of the best cities in the entire balkans, definitely must visit.

Thank Amar J
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Bascarsija is a great architecture offering cold refreshing water, surrounded by different restaurants and the old bazaar stone throw away, it is a great place to spend evenings and sunny mornings sipping tea or coffee

Thank Makk81
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool sight both during the day and at night! A large group of pigeons did swarm the area during the day but this just added to the experience

Thank Liamhely
Reviewed 1 week ago

No words to describe it. Every person should see it on its own. there won't be any disappointments .

Thank gimra87
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bascarsija, Sarajevo will soon appear to all tourists. The Water Fountain is central to many Balkan towns and Cities. Bascarsija is truly at the center of Sarajevo, and take the time to enjoy and reflect on history.

Thank SavantIII_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bascarsija is the cobbled street old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. Great place to enjoy authentic Bosnian food at the many restaurants, plus wander the small streets and explore the shops selling a multitude of goods....More

Thank Valerie037
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to feed pigeons and have them fit on your arms, you will love this place. It wasn't really our thing but is in a nice location where lots of touristy streets meet and some nice cafes surround it. The water fountain itself...More

Thank jenclapar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely square surrounded by shops and cafes. A nice place to visit on a summers day, buy some souvenirs and eat and drink in one of the cafes.

Thank LancashireLeon65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best places to enjoy great food and experience true Sarejevo. The food is amazing and there are many great shops where you can buy souvenirs.

Thank LisaBrussels1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely area of Sarajevo, the old town is bustling with quaint shops, cafe's and restaurants. There is a little street just off here where you can buy the traditional coffee sets, hand made from metal. As a single female traveller I felt safe walking...More

Thank Scoutsmum8
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