Sarajevo is one of the most fascinating cities I have visited. It is very unique in that it is best known for its modern history rather than its ancient history. This Sarajevo Travel Guide will give you a feel for this extraordinary city.
Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sadly it is probably best known for the Bosnian War and the fact that Saraejevo was under siege for the longest time period in modern history – 1.425 days from 1992 to 1996. This recent awful episdoe in the city’s history can be felt across the city. The Sarajevo Roses in the pavement remind walkers of the many deaths.
You can visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel. This extraordinary tunnel ran underneath Sarajevo and was the only source of suppliers during the siege. It is located in an everyday looking suburb and suburban house. It is possible to walk a small portion of the tunnel and it is a sobering experience.
Sarajevo was also critical in another war – World War 1. It was in Sarajevo that Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated on June 28, 1914, the shot said to have started WW1. Today there is a plaque on the spot where this happened.
As if that wasn’t enough Sarajevo is also the only major European city to have a mosque, catholic church, orthodox church and synagogue within the same neighborhood. It is often referred to as the Jerusalem of the Balkans and you can feel the different influences of these religions living together.
As so much of Sarajevo’s history is recent I would highly recommend doing a walking tour. This is without doubt the best way to get a better understanding of this fascinating city.
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