Sarajevo. Things really weren't pretty here for a while in the 1990s. The Siege of Sarajevo by the Bosnian Serb Army between 1992 and 1996 lasted for 1425 days, longer even than the Siege of Leningrad by the Nazis during the second world war. The conflict took a large toll on its inhabitants as well as the cityscape of Sarajevo as a large part of its (historic) buildings were destroyed.
Yet that dark part of its history where Sarajevo became a frequently used word on the evening news has passed. 20 years later one can only conclude that the speed of Sarajevo's recovery has been quite astounding, as if the city has just shrugged off those four years in which it was close to being destroyed. Of course the remnants of sniper fire and mortars are still omnipresent in buildings and streets all around, but that just adds a layer of significance to a city that already had so many layers to begin with.
Sarajevo is often called the European Jerusalem as Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Judaism have all left their mark on it. Walking around in the Old Town (Baščaršija, also called the Turkish Town) you will come across mosques, cathedrals and synagogues all in a matter of minutes from each other. The winding narrow alleys of Baščaršija, lined with artisan craft shops, bazaars, tea houses and restaurants make for great exploration.
Other must-see areas include the Latin Bridge, the site of Franz Ferdinand's assassination that led to the first world war, as well as the Yellow Fortress which offers great views over the old town. Sunset is the best time to come here, overlook the city and ponder its history and fast recovery. Because Sarajevo is back on the map and probably one of the most interesting places in Europe to visit. [Review by travelindicator]
- Sarajevo is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina's region of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has a population of 608,354, is situated at an altitude of 1768ft and the best airport to fly into is SJJ (Sarajevo, Sarajevo)
- The currency used in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Convertible mark (BAM)
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