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 called Latinluk in Ottoman times. Judging by its foundations, it is the oldest among the preserved bridges in the city. The census of the Sanjak of Bosnia from 1541 mentions the bridge on this spot, built by the leather-worker Hussein, son of Sirmerd. This first bridge seems to have been made of wood, because the court record from 1565 witness that the stone bridge was built here by eminent citizen of Sarajevo Ali Ajni-Beg.

A terrible flood on 15 November 1791 badly damaged the bridge and its reconstruction was financed by the Sarajevo merchant Abdulah-aga Briga. Someone worked out that the year when it was rebuilt can be obtained from the numerical values in the word Briga – it is 1213, which by Islamic calendar equals the year of the reconstruction 1798/99.

The bridge has four arches and rests on three strong pillars and the embankment; it is built of stone and gypsum and the two relieving openings, 'eyes' in the mass above pillars are so characteristic that they can be seen in the seal of Sarajevo. Because of heavy traffic at the time of Austria-Hungary, the pavements on consoles were added to the bridge.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Rabia Öztürk (7 months ago)
My second home whenever I come to Sarajevo I stay with the view of this bridge looking over Trebevic and Mejdan Park and I see the Emperor’s mosque over there….
Sophia S (7 months ago)
The Latin Bridge is right by the area where Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia were assassinated, which began WWI. There's a simple glass memorial nearby with a bit of history, and a full-sized replica of the car they were supposedly in. I heard a local explain that the footsteps by the car were added in the past year.
Tom Wilson (9 months ago)
This is a beatiful stone bridge built around 16. Century by Ottoman Empire. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is also assasinated near this bridge which started First World War.
Alex D. (10 months ago)
Very close to the old town, there is a monument on the corner where the assasination took place. I recommend taking a walking tour of the area, it is very revealing. Also on that corner you will see a model car that resembles the one involved in the event at the beginning of WWI. Right across the bridge there is a park with a music pavillion where you can find free wifi.
Subh C (11 months ago)
Rich in history from WW-1 initiation and very well maintained. Surrounding areas are bustling with nice eateries and vibrant people. Great for an evening experience.
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