Top Historic Sights in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Brusa Bezistan

Brusa Bezistan with its 6 roof domes it is one of the historic buildings in Sarajevo"s Baščaršija from the time of the Ottoman period in the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has a rectangular base and has four entrances on all four sides, and connects the craft streets Kundurdžiluk, Veliki and Mali Čurčiluk with Abadžiluk and the Baščaršija. It was built by order of the Grand Vizier Rustem-pasha ...
Founded: 1551 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque it is the largest historical mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most representative Ottoman structures in the Balkans. Being the central Sarajevo"s mosque since the days of its construction, today it also serves as the main congregational mosque of the Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque was built in 1530 as the central object of the Beg"s endowm ...
Founded: 1530 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel

The Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, also known as the Old Orthodox Church, is a Serbian Orthodox church in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was first mentioned in Ottoman sources dating to 1539. The Church was, however, built on older foundations.
Founded: 16th century | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Gazi Husrev-beg's Library

The Gazi-Husrev-beg Library is a public library in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina founded in 1537 by the Ottomans, and is part of a larger complex with Gazi Husrev-beg Medresa. It holds one of the most important collections of Islamic manuscripts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including many originally donated by Gazi Husrev-beg. The library also holds a sizable number of books, journals, newspapers, documents and photographs.
Founded: 1537 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Taslihan or Tašli han ('stone inn') is a former caravanserai that was located on the site of the current summer garden and an open bar of the Evropa hotel in Sarajevo. It is the third stone caravanserai in Sarajevo, built in the period from 1540 to 1543, as an endowment of Gazi Husrev-beg, after his death. It was added to Gazi Husrev-beg"s bezistan on its western side. It was square in shape, and its lengt ...
Founded: 1540 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sebilj Fountain

The Sebilj is an Ottoman-style wooden fountain (sebil) in the centre of Baščaršija Square in Sarajevo built by Mehmed Pasha Kukavica in 1753. It was relocated by Austrian architect Alexander Wittek in 1891. According to a local legend, visitors who drink water from this fountain will return to Sarajevo someday.
Founded: 1753 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Old Synagogue

The Old Jewish Temple, also known as the Old Synagogue and the Great Temple (Il Kal Grandi), is the oldest place of worship for Jews in Sarajevo. It was built at the end of the 16th century in the part of town then known as Velika Avlija, a small Jewish neighborhood in Sarajevo’s Baščaršija. It was engulfed in flames on several occasions, suffering the worst damage in 1697 and again in 1788. After the fire of 17 ...
Founded: 16th century | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918

The Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918 is located near the Latin Bridge in central Sarajevo. The building had been Moritz Schiller"s Delicatessen in 1914, the year that Franz Ferdinand, the heir-presumptive of Austria Hungary was shot dead by Gavrilo Princip from the street corner outside, indirectly starting World War I. The permanent exhibition holds a collection of items and photographs with which the museum presents ...
Founded: 1984 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ferhadija Mosque

Ferhadija Mosque is a central building in the city of Sarajevo built by Bosnian Sanjak-bey (governor) Ferhad-beg Vuković, a descendant of the famous mediaeval Vuković family. This mosque has one dome above the prayer area and three small domes at the cloister and is one of the greatest achievements of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 16th century Ottoman and Islamic architecture. The Ferhadija mosque reflects the full maturi ...
Founded: 16th century | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Latin Bridge

Latin Bridge is an Ottoman bridge over the river Miljacka in Sarajevo. The northern end of the bridge was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip in 1914, which began the July Crisis that ultimately led to the outbreak of World War I. The bridge received its name because it connected the right bank of the Miljacka with the Catholic quarter of the city, which was informally ...
Founded: 16th century | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo City Hall

Sarajevo City Hall (known as Vijećnica) was designed in 1891 by the Czech architect Karel Pařík, but criticisms by the minister, Baron Béni Kállay, caused him to stop working on the project. It was initially the largest and most representative building of the Austro-Hungarian period in Sarajevo and served as the city hall. Building works began in 1892 and were completed in 1894.  On 25 August 1992, Serbian shelling ...
Founded: 1891 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sacred Heart Cathedral

The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a Catholic church in Sarajevo. I t is the largest cathedral in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sacred Heart Cathedral was built in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an important Catholic concept. The building is in the Neo-Gothic style, with Romanesque Revival elements. The building was awarded to the Viennese contractor Baron Karl Schwarz with supervising architect Josip Vancaš. He model ...
Founded: 1884 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos is the largest Serbian Orthodox church in Sarajevo and one of the largest in the Balkans. The cathedral is dedicated to the nativity of the Theotokos. It was erected at the request of the Orthodox parish of Sarajevo, with construction taking place between 1863 and 1868. The church is constructed as a three-section basilica inscribed in a cross-shaped plan, ...
Founded: 1863 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hadžijska Mosque

The Vekil-Harrach or Hadžijska mosque was built between 1541 and 1561 by Gazi Husrev-beg"s quartermaster, Vekil-Harrach after whom it was originally named. It was used by pilgrims (hadžije) in the city before their joinery Mecca from here, it was named the Pilgrim"s mosque. It is fenced by a wall, inside which there is a stone fountain, which was renewed at the beginning of the 19th century by Sarajevo judge ...
Founded: 1541-1561 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Emperor's Mosque

The Emperor"s Mosque is an important landmark in Sarajevo, being the first mosque to be built (1457) after the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia. It is the largest single-subdome mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina, built in the classical Ottoman style of the era. It was built by one Isaković-Hranušić who dedicated it to the Sultan, Mehmed the Conqueror, the conqueror of Constantinople. Considered one of the most beautif ...
Founded: 1457 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Yellow Bastion

The Yellow Fortress or Yellow Bastion is a cannon fortress at the entrance of the 'Walled City of Vratnik'. It was built between 1727 and 1739 in area called Jekovac, close to the Jajce Barracks and the Jekovac water reservoir. It served as one of the defense points against the Austro-Hungarian troops in 1878. The fortress was damaged and rebuilt several times. The most recent renovation took place in 1998.
Founded: 1727-1739 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina was established in 1888, having originally been conceived around 1850. In 1913, the museum building was expanded by the Czech architect Karel Pařík who designed a structure of four symmetric pavilions with a facade in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The four pavilions contain the departments of archaeology, ethnology, natural history, and a library. After being c ...
Founded: 1888 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Church of Saint Anthony of Padua

The Church of Saint Anthony of Padua is a Roman Catholic place of worship and a national monument in Sarajevo. The present Church of Saint Anthony of Padua was preceded by two places of worship dedicated to the same saint and built on the same site. The former was constructed in 1853 as the first Catholic church in Sarajevo since 1697, when the church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the same neighbourhood, burne ...
Founded: 1914 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Synagogue

Sarajevo Synagogue is Sarajevo"s primary and largest synagogue and is located on the south bank of the river Miljacka. It was constructed in 1902 and remains the only functioning synagogue in Sarajevo today. A Sephardi synagogue is known to have been built in 1581 with the donation of Turkish Beylerbey Sijamush Pasha to help members of the Jewish community in Sarajevo who were poor. By the end of the 16th cent ...
Founded: 1902 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Saint Joseph's Church

The initial design of St. Joseph"s church by Karel Pařík was based on the design for a neo-Romanesque church given to Archbishop Ivan Šarić by Pope Pius XI. Work began on the construction of church in 1936, and the building was consecrated on 31 March 1940. In plan the church is a triple-aisled basilica with transept. Below the sanctuary is a crypt containing the tomb of Archbishop Ivan Šarić. There are a furt ...
Founded: 1936-1940 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ali Pasha Mosque

Ali Pasha Mosque was constructed in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1560–61 for Sofu Hadım Ali Pasha, an Ottoman statesman who served as the governor of the Bosnia Eyalet of the Ottoman Empire amongst other roles, after his death in September 1560. The mosque was built according to the classical Ottoman architectural style. A dome covers the prayer area and three smaller domes cover the cloister. Its propo ...
Founded: 1560 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

White Fortress

The White Fortress (Bijela Tabija) is an old fort overlooking the historic core of Sarajevo. It is a protruding part of the wall of what was historically known as the old Vratnik City, and dominates the Eastern, the natural entrance to Sarajevo. It is built of stone and it used to house a gun-crew and an ammunition storage. Its thick walls have openings for cannons. As far as the precise year of construction goes, differ ...
Founded: 1550 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vraca Memorial Park

The Vraca Memorial Park is a park dedicated to the World War II victims in Sarajevo. It covers 78,000 square meters and mentions the names of over 11,000 men, women, and children killed during World War II. In 1996, the park was systematically destroyed by withdrawing VRS forces after the signing of the Dayton Agreement. In 2019, the park was renovated, where night lighting was connected for the first time, and the etern ...
Founded: 1981 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vidovdan Heroes Chapel

The Vidovdan Heroes Chapel is a Serbian Orthodox chapel and mausoleum located on the Holy Archangels Georgije and Gavrilo Orthodox Cemetery located in Sarajevo. The crypt of the chapel contains the bodily remains of Gavrilo Princip and other members of Young Bosnia who took part in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914. The twelve people interred in the crypt of the chapel are Gavrilo Princip, Bo ...
Founded: 1939 | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Goat's Bridge

The Goat"s Bridge is a large stone bridge that crosses the Miljacka river to the east of Sarajevo. It was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century. It is the only fully preserved bridge from the Ottoman period which still spans the Miljacka River. The bridge, which is made primarily of white hreša (marble), is a harmonious structure with one main arch and two round openings which help support the weight. This stone ...
Founded: 16th century | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Old Jewish Cemetery

The OId Jewish Cemetery in Sarajevo It is the largest Jewish cemetery in Southeast Europe. It was in use for approximately four hundred years from the beginning of the 16th or 17th century until 1966. Established by Sephardic Jews during the Ottoman period, it also became the burial ground for Ashkenazi Jews after they arrived in Sarajevo with the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 19th century. It contains more than 38 ...
Founded: 16th century | Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Tyniec Abbey

Tyniec Benedictine abbey was founded by King Casimir the Restorer probably around 1044. Casimir decided to rebuild the newly established Kingdom of Poland, after a Pagan rebellion and a disastrous Czech raid of Duke Bretislaus I (1039). The Benedictines, invited to Tyniec by the King, were tasked with restoring order as well as cementing the position of the State and the Church. First Tyniec Abbot was Aaron, who became the Bishop of Kraków. Since there is no conclusive evidence to support the foundation date as 1040, some historians claim that the abbey was founded by Casimir the Restorer’ son, King Boleslaw II the Generous.

In the second half of the 11th century, a complex of Romanesque buildings was completed, consisting of a basilica and the abbey. In the 14th century, it was destroyed in Tatar and Czech raids, and in the 15th century it was rebuilt in Gothic style. Further remodelings took place in the 17th and 18th centuries, first in Baroque, then in Rococo style. The abbey was partly destroyed in the Swedish invasion of Poland, and soon afterwards was rebuilt, with a new library. Further destruction took place during the Bar Confederation, when Polish rebels turned the abbey into their fortress.

In 1816, Austrian authorities liquidated the abbey, and in 1821-1826, it was the seat of the Bishop of Tyniec, Grzegorz Tomasz Ziegler. The monks, however, did not return to the abbey until 1939, and in 1947, remodelling of the neglected complex was initiated. In 1968, the Church of St. Peter and Paul was once again named the seat of the abbot. The church itself consists of a Gothic presbytery and a Baroque main nave. Several altars were created by an 18th-century Italian sculptor Francesco Placidi. The church also has a late Baroque pulpit by Franciszek Jozef Mangoldt.