Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A Cultural Cocktail Since Ancient Times & With An Undeniably Tragic Past, Today Historic Sarajevo Is Charming & Vibrant & The Undoubted Highlight Of The Balkans Region


”I find it somewhat ironic that a city in which Muslims, Jews, Orthodox Christian & Catholics have lived in harmony for centuries should have such an unenviable and undeniably tragic past – Sarajevo was both the birthplace of World War I & the location for the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare.”


Image || Srebrenica Massacre of the Bosnian War exhibition in Sarajevo. April 5, 2015.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

I find it somewhat ironic that a city in which Muslims, Jews, Orthodox Christian & Catholics have lived in harmony for centuries should have such an unenviable and undeniably tragic past – Sarajevo was both the birthplace of World War I & the location for the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. Today Sarajevo, still bearing very visible scars from the batterings it has taken down through the years, most recently during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, is understandably looking forward while riding a feel-good wave of optimism. This is a charming, vibrant, historic & intoxicating city of distinct, memorable & easily explored districts, a city that many agree is the undoubted highlight of any visit to Balkans region. It was certainly my regional highlight, and not just because it was oh-so photogenic.

Trams in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

Trams in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

Historic & Waring Sarajevo

The Latin Bridge crossing the Miljacka River in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

The infamous Latin Bridge crossing the Miljacka River in Sarajevo from which the shot was fired that initiated World War I. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

History. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

History. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

Bosnian War scars on the streets of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

Bosnian War (1992-1995) scars on the streets of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

Bosnian War dead listed in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

Bosnian War (1992-1995) dead listed on the streets of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

Bosnian War scars on the streets of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

Bosnian War (1992-1995) scars on the streets of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

Gradsko groblje Bare cemetery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

Gradsko groblje Bare cemetery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

Srebrenica Massacre of the Bosnian War exhibition in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

July 1995. Europe & the toothless UN’s darkest hour. Over an 11-day period, up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in a round of ethnic cleansing led by the Army of Republika (VRS, the Bosnian Serb Army) in and around Srebrenica – a town in eastern Bosnia, Srebrenica is situated about 16 kilometres from the Serbian border and was an enclave under the control of the Bosnian Army during the April 1992 – December 1995 Bosnian War housing thousands of the region’s Bosnian Muslims. The worst massacre in Europe since World War II, it transpired right under the noses of the toothless UN, and in the UN’s very first so-called ‘safe area’ to boot (UN = United Nothing). The horror perpetrated is vividly & shockingly recounted in the Srebrenica Massacre section of the Bosnian War exhibition, a must-see for any visitor to the city. Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

Ferhadija, central Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

Ferhadija, central Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

Snow on Ferhadija, central Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

Snow on Ferhadija, central Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 5, 2015.

New & shiny Sarajevo. Sarajevo City Center, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

New & shiny Sarajevo. The Sarajevo City Center shopping centre in downtown Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. April 4, 2015.

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