Category Archives: Sights

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Zip-line Viewpoint

Category : Sights

Riding a zip-line is nice enough, but what if you can see that exact amazing view without having to look through a dark glass?

Half way to the top of the mountain Trebević there is a spot locals use to take their beloved ones to, have a smoke with their friends or simply escape the city and meditate surrounded by beautiful scenery.

This viewpoint is where the zip-line gets closest to the ground so you can literally see the people inside the boxes, and they will often wave to you and actually take pictures of you (jealous of your live view).

On top of the hill still lies an old abandoned Bosnian traditional house where you can come up and relax enjoying the nature yet looking at the city you escaped from.

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Vraca Memorial Park

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A unique witness and symbol of suffering of Sarajevo citizens in World War II. It was built on the grounds of an Austro-Hungarian fort from the 19th century which was used by Nazis and their followers to host a terrifying execution of innocent citizens of Sarajevo, mostly Serbs and Jews.

In 1981, more than 11 000 names were inscribed in the walls as a memory of the victims of fascist terror at numerous execution sites and concentration camps solely because of their origin or religious or national affiliation. The names on the sad list include the names of 1 100 babies and children. Since most of the victims are buried on unknown places, Vraca was the only place where their loved ones could commemorate them.

During the last war, Vraca Memorial Park suffered severe damage, and after the war due to the neglect of the authorities who did nothing to repair it, the devastation continued.

Today, it is partially revived and everyone can come and enjoy the magnitude of this majestic landmark, read the names of the victims and bring them back to life at least for a second.

The park stretches through both Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Srpska so by taking a walk through this park you get a unique opportunity to cross an invisible border that divides the people of the same nation.

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Tito’s secret tunnels

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Take a look inside

You all know about the Tunnel Of Hope, but are you ready to hear about a system of tunnels, miles long, that go through the Trebević mountain all the way to the top, which the government has kept secret for decades?
Tito himself ordered the tunnels to be built, in secret, just after the World War II. They were designed and built as military bases, once hidden by barracks and concrete pillars, and guarded by soldiers. So called radio-relay hubs were built around Yugoslavia to ensure a communication network in the event of war or natural disasters. During the construction of these tunnels, local population was concerned about the frequent shaking of the ground, not knowing that those were actually explosions during the digging of the hill and the construction of a military tunnel or base.

Sarajevo hides three military tunnels – Trebević, one under Sunnyland, and one at Debelo Brdo above the Jewish Cemetery. During the last war (1992-1995) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, they were used by Serbian soldiers, but after the war their interior was devastated, and today, neither Sarajevo, the government, nor the Internet can give you much information about their existence.

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Jewish cemetery

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Not far from the city center lies the second largest Jewish sacral complex, and at the same time one of the most valuable memorial complexes in Europe.

It might sound a bit morbid to include a cemetery in the list of sights but this is in no doubt something special. Even though it is so close to the city such peacefulness and tranquility is very hard to find. A beautiful view of the city and a visit to a museum all in once.

Fundamental sources for the study of the cemetery were looted and destroyed, especially in the fire of 1941 when the “book of the dead” was burned in the ruins of the Great Sephardic Temple, carefully printed by Mosha Altarac for forty years, known as the “Moshe di la Office”, secretary of the Sephardic Municipality and Hevra Kadisha Funeral Society.

The Jewish cemetery was opened in 1545 and the seven councilors who created it rest there together, under the same mound, placed around the body of their great Rabbi Baruch who’s tombstone is found to be the oldest on the cemetery. It is believed that the upper part of the cemetery was reserved only for hahams and other distinguished persons.

It was built along with the medieval necropolis of the stećak tombstones (Borak) and the old quarry (Šatorija). The Sephardim created unique tombstones which, looking at the style throughout the globe, can not be found on the Jewish monuments anywhere in the world. The laid monolithic plates and crates, with or without inscriptions, directly follow the stećak forms and that thread that connects the Sephardic tradition of simple forms with the indigenous style of Bosnia at the turn of the medieval to the Turkish period.

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Bistrik tower – Observatory

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Also known as Bistrik Tower, another beautiful but sad story about Sarajevo’s history.

Built as a military fortification during the Austro-Hungarian empire on a high point of Trebević mountain, with an amazing view of the entire city, after World War II, the tower lost its military importance. In the 1960s, it was rented by the Orion Astronomical Society, which formed the only astronomical observatory in BiH between 1969 and 1972.

The institute reconstructed the old fort and added two domes with instruments for observing the sky. Short after,a special observatory was built next to the old fort which had a third dome 8 meters in diameter. The observatory was well equipped and the astronomers could stay in for several days, it also contained a library and a photo lab.

During the last war the forts were severely damaged and hasn’t been reconstructed since.

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Category : Sights

Sarajevo is most famous by its wars and the buildings that still stand today, lost and abandoned to serve as a reminder of it’s sad history.

Hum Forest-Park is a perfect example, just 10 minutes away from the city center stands the most important communication facility of its time, Hum TV repeater. On April 5th 1992, the city gets overtaken by JNA fighter jets, opening fire on most vital objects in the city. JNA hits the television repeater on Hum hill and BiH Radio Television building, so-called The Gray Home.

For 25 years the Hum hill remains one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Sarajevo with an altitude of 816 meters, with amazing city lights under its feet, but sadly nothing else.

Allegedly by the end of 2020 it will shine again in its full glory, but not as a TV repeater but as a restaurant with a 360° view of the city.