Aside from the food being sensational and cheap, this town had a lot of surprises that I did not expect. Although ignorant of much of this region’s recent history I got quite a lesson today which helped me to really appreciate this town. My hostel host, Haris, gave a fantastic private tour with a couple from Australia. He was 16 years old when the Serbs began their siege of Sarajevo.
TUNNEL OF SALVATION – This tunnel enabled the people of Sarajevo to keep their military supplied and enable people to leave their surrounded city. The tunnel went under the airport and the entrance was underneath a private home of a sweet older lady who doled out water to the emerging troops. The government gave her a new home after the war, and she is alive to this day. Take note of the bullet holes and the red mark on the ground indicating where a mortar round went off and killed people.
Homemade weapons the Bosnians used against the superior firepower of their oppressors.
A portion of the tunnel with tracks for various carts was used to transport supplies.
One of those carts with ammunition boxes and other supplies. In the front is a stretcher.
An example of one of the many types of land mines used against the people of Sarajevo. There are people still dying, and it will take years until all of them are cleared.
A pleasant view from up on one of the hills that were used to shell the city, but this afternoon we enjoyed the scenery and drank Bosnian coffee while our guide Haris shared stories of the war. Evidently on one New Years’ Eve during the war, he went over to his girlfriend’s place to celebrate. They reckoned the shelling would be over early in the evening.
Sure enough, it started up at about 6 pm. The next thing they realized was an artillery explosive crashing through their window and landing on the sofa next to Grandma. Thankfully the cushions stopped it from exploding. They called the police who removed the unexploded bomb, and they were able to proceed with their party.
Modern Abstracted Menorah
OLD ORTHODOX CHURCH
And Finally – A MOSQUE
All visible on the same street in the space of 200 meters. This is a city devoid of sectarian tensions. Quite a phenomenon for a region so scarred by war and ethnic cleansing.
Some of the best Burek meat pie in Sarajevo.
The beautifully rebuilt SARAJEVO TOWN HALL.
Quite a nice piece of work for such a poor country.
The opposite side of this bridge is ground zero for World War I which set in motion the conditions necessary for World War II. This is where Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia were murdered on June 28th. 1914. After the failed attempt to bomb his motorcade, Ferdinand decided it a good idea to visit the onlookers who were injured by the grenade blast. On the way to the hospital is car broke down in front of a bar/sandwich shop just as Gavrilo Princip had finished his lunch. The rest is history, of course, and sealed the fate of millions of people arguably to this very day.
The Plaque Commemorating This Horrendous Event
ANOTHER ANCIENT SHOPPING MALL
OLDEST HOSTEL IN TOWN – Now a restaurant, you can see where they used to park their horses on the perimeter of the courtyard.
RARE MOON PHASE CLOCK – Used by Muslims for religious purposes.
It’s time to visit Serbia, the country that attacked Croatia & Bosnia and hopefully gain some deeper understanding.