01.10. - 01.05.
Experience the way of life during the Middle Ages in Sarajevo and explore the Ottoman heritage in Bosnia...
Our tour starting at Sebilj square, and continues walking up to Vratnik. After 15 to 20 minutes of walking we come to Svrzo's house. Svrzo’s House represents the lifestyle of an urban Muslim family in the late 18th and throughout the 19th century.
The house was built by a prominent Sarajevo family, the Glođos, a member of which was kadi – Islamic judge-administrator – Munib effendi Glođo, famous for his involvement in Bosnia’s struggle for autonomy within the Ottoman Empire. The family failed to get a male succesor, and the property passed by the marriage to another prominent Sarajevo family, Svrzo. Svrzo’s house is a typical example of the architecture of that period, with its division into the selamluk or public quarters and the haremluk or private, family quarters.
After this sightseeing we go to our next point Alija Izetbegović´s museum and Yellow fortress. If you want to see the real beauty of Sarajevo, you must not miss the veiw from Yellow fortress.
The Yellow fortress is one of the fortifications that made the defensive wall of the old town, Vratnik. Since it is positioned up on Jekovac cliff, it is also known as Jekovac fortress.
After Eugene of Savoy ravaging of Sarajevo in 1697, it was clear that the little fortress, which was at the place where the White Fortress is today, wasn’t sufficient to defend the city from attacks, so the Bosnian Governor, Gazi Ahmed Pasha Rustempašić Skopljak, commissioned work on fortifying Vratnik in 1729. Five bastions were placed at points along the fortified wall, including the Yellow fortress, which takes its name from the yellow rock used as a construction material.
The fortress lost its original function once the Austro-Hungarians took over Sarajevo.
Today, it offers a fantastic view of the city and is also the spot of a sunset cannon fire during the Islamic month of Ramadan to mark the time for breaking the fast.
We make pause for coffee or tea at newly opened Kamarija viewpoint.
After short break, we go to the upper fortress, the White fortress, then to Bentbaša, Isa Beg's zavija and Dariva, up to the Goat's bridge. The Goat's Bridge is a historic Ottoman bridge that crosses over the Miljacka river a few kilometers upstream from Baščaršija. The bridge was built by Grand vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolović in 1500s along with more famous sister bridges in Mostar and Višegrad.
From 15th to 19th century this bridge served as the main connection between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, Macedonia and Istanbul. However, the bridge became well-known as the place where travelers were hosted and welcomed and it was a meeting point of dignities coming to Sarajevo from the east.
Return to a hotel.
PRICE PER PERSON 13 EUR
PICK UP 07:30-08:00 AM
START 08:00 AM
DURATION : 3 hours
price calculated on minimum 3 pax