A Day in Sarajevo

What did I know about Sarajevo? I knew about that event in 1914 which set in motion the First World War. I knew about the Winter Olympics in the 1980s and I knew a bit about the siege of Sarajevo 1992-1995. But only a bit.



I had no idea that Sarajevo was a cross roads between East and West for centuries. The Ghazi Husrev-Bey’s Mosque was built in 1531 at the same time the Orthodox Church was being built and the Catholic Cathedral renovated. Things seem to have gone badly wrong since.

Ghazi Husrev-Bey's Madrassa

Ghazi Husrev-Bey’s Madrassa

This lovely building opposite the mosque is now an Islamic library.

Caravan Saray

Caravan Saray

We saw Caravan Sarays across Central Asia to Istanbul and now in Sarajevo . These 2 storey buildings around a central courtyard were the backpackers of their day. Goods and animals could be sheltered on the ground floor and traders stayed upstairs.



Bosnia Herzegovina was part of the Ottoman Empire and the legacy lives on.

As my driver to Mostar said think Croat think Catholic, think Serbian think Orthodox and think Bosnian think Moslem.

The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1994
Today I walked along streets where people were shot by snipers as they tried to go about their lives. This is considered to be the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. It is estimated at 11000 people were killed or went missing from this city, including 1500 children.
See siege of Sarajevo

Bombed out building

Bombed out building

After seeing a sobering exhibition The Seige 92-95 I then saw an extremely powerful exhibition on the genocide in Srebenica.

Exhibition on the genocide in Srebrenica

Exhibition on the genocide in Srebrenica

This exhibition of photographs and eye witness reports lists the names of the more than 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys who were killed.



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4 responses to “A Day in Sarajevo

  1. victoria

    i found sarajevo to be so incredibly confronting. my god what those people went through! Weird to be in a place where the evidence of war is still so present but people just go on living their lives and moving forward. But i also must comment on those amazing lamb pita things with the yoghurt sauce. AND the creamy cakes! there was a lot of comfort eating going on! the landscape around sarajevo was even more devastated than the city: lots of villages just bombed to oblivian. makes me sad to remember.


  2. Chris Achjian

    Thanks for contact – we’ve been moving quite a bit and with others, so I get distracted- der !!! Home tomorrow a bit sorrowfully because its been great – going straight up to Byron for a bit – Dean surfing in Indo !!! Still amazed by your ability to absorb SO much ( you lucky bugger you know ) and to impart it all too. I can say Sarajevo is known to me a bit because of Zina and Stan – sure I’ve mentioned them. Breakfast in Dubrovnic – you look good and relaxed, enjoy the next bits and look forward to posts Pat Cheers Chris

    Sent from my iPad


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