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The Town Hall

It represents the most beautiful and the most representative building from Austro-Hungarian period, built in pseudo-Moor$ learn more


The word "Bas-carsija" literarily means "main marketplace" and designates the area of market square around the fountain $ learn more $

The Morica Inn

Due to the needs of the expanding market-place and the traders that were coming from faraway countries, the caravanserai$ learn more

Ali Pasha's Mosque

One of the most beautiful cupolaed mosques, built in 1561 beside the tomb of the founder of Bosnian governor of the sanz$ learn more

Gazi Husref-bey's covered market building

This massive basilica-like stone building extends in length of 109 meters along the street bearing the same name. It was$ learn more

The Goat Bridge

The first among innumerous bridges on the road from Sarajevo to Constantinople, the last between Constantinople and Sara$ learn more

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Sarajevo through history

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Sarajevo through history



significant events



III millennium B.C.

Butmir ceramics
Zlatište settlements

The turn of the New Stone Age and the Bronze Age

II millennium B.C.

Soukbunar and Debelo brdo

The Iron Age

II millennium B.C.

“hill-fort type” settlements



III-I ct. B.C.

Roman conquests


6-9 A.D.

Uprising of Desitiats under their leader Baton


9 A.D.

Breakdown of Baton’s uprising


VI ct. A.D.

The end of Roman Administration



1238/39 A.D.

Construction of St. Peter’s Cathedral
The very first mention of Vrhbosna in the charter of Bela IV

The late Middle Ages

1434 A.D.

The Barak Duke conquers the fortified city of Hodidjed



1462 A.D.

Isa-beg’s vakufnama


1464 A.D.

Construction of the building of mesdžid Mehmed-bega Minetoviæa


1475/76 A.D.

Bali-bega MALKOÈEVIÆA endowments


1470-1477 A.D.

Ajas-bega endowments


end of 15th century and the beginning of 16th century

Construction activities of Skender paše MIHALOGLUA


Beginning of 16th century

Construction of the Old Orthodox CHURCH


1517 A.D.

The first under-cupola mosque in Sarajevo, endowment of Mustafe-paše SKENDERPAŠIÆA


1526 A.D.

Construction of MUSLIHUDIN Èekrekèija mosque


1528 A.D.

Construction of Havadža DURAK mosque


1521 A.D.

Gazi Husrev-beg, Bosnian GOVERNOR


1530 A.D.

Construction of Ghazi Gazi Husrev-beg MOSQUE



1561 A.D.

Construction of Ferhadija mosque, endowment of Ferhad-bega Vukoviæa Desisaliæa


1566 A.D.

Construction of Careva mosque


1537 A.D.

Establishment of Gazi Husrev-beg Library


1580 A.D.

Construction of Sijavuš-pašine DAIRE


From mid 16th to the onset of the 17th century

Construction of Sarajevo èaršija (bazaar) and mahalas (residential quarters)


1626 A.D.

The journeys of Atanasija GRGIÈEVIÆA


between 1631 and 1664 A.D.

Activities of Ibrahim-effendi BISTRIGIJA


1553 A.D.

The seat of Bosnian sandžak moved from Sarajevo to Banja Luka


1607 A.D.

Sarajevo becomes the seat of Bosanian SANDŽAK for a second time


1638. i 1640. god.

Construction of Hadži-Sinan’s tekki



The journey of Pavle Rovinjanin


The second half of the 17th century

Activities of šejh Hasan KAIMIJA



Earthquake in Sarajevo



Great fires in Sarajevo



The plague epidemic in Sarajevo



The journey of Pule and Kikle



The journey of Evlija Èelebija



Incursion of Eugene of Savoy



Construction of Sarajevo fortress



Activities of Mehmed Mejlija GURANIJA



Period of anarchy in Sarajevo



Construction of Osman Šehdija’s LIBRARY



Death of Moriæ brothers



Rebuilding of Æemaluša MOSQUE



Construction of Ahmed-effendi Kantamirija’s library



Construction of Ðumišiæa medresa (Islamic secondary school) building



Activities of Mula Mustafa BAŠESKIJA



The plague epidemic in Sarajevo



Great fires in Sarajevo



The uprising of the janissaries in Sarajevo



Movement to achieve autonomy for Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by Husein KAPETAN GRADAŠÈEVIÆ



Period of domination of Fadil-PASHA Šerifoviæ and Mustafa-Pasha BABIÆ



The first post office in Sarajevo



The rule of Omer-Pasha Latas



Topal Šerif Osman-Pasha, BOSNIAN VIZIER



Construction of the Orthodox cathedral in SARAJEVO



13 July 1878

Berlin Congress instituted Austro-Hungarian rule over Bosnia and Herzegovina


19 August 1878

Austro-Hungarian troops marched in Sarajevo


22 August 1878

The Sarajevo Provisional Municipal Statute promulgated in Sarajevo


1 January 1879

The Sarajevo District Office became operational


20 June 1880

Omnibus line established between Sarajevo and Ilidža


4 December 1880

Demolition of the old Konak building initiated


17 August 1881

Corner stone laid for construction of a new Church of St. Anthony of Padova


11 November 1881

Construction of the Heinrich Lövy’s brewery at foot of Bistrik hill started


2 November 1881

The Miljacka River flooded most of the town’s quarters


14 January 1882

Josip Štadler, the First Vrhbosna Archbishop, visited Sarajevo


26 August 1882

Ivan Baron Appel appointed the Head of State Administration


12 December 1882

Opening of the Orthodox theological faculty


12 December 1882

Opening of the "Evropa" Hotel


20 March 1884

Beginning of construction works on the Sate Administration building


27 August 1884

Beginning of the construction of tram tracks in Sarajevo


28 August 1884

Beginning of the construction works on Sarajevo Cathedral


28 October 1884

Museum Association established


1 January 1884

Trams started running through the town


19 December 1887

Opening of Šerijatska sudaèka škola (Sharia law school)


6 April 1889

The first volume of the Herald of State Museum in Sarajevo published


25 May 1890

Opening of the railroad running from Sarajevo to Bosanski Brod


1 September 1892

Opening of the railroad running from Sarajevo to Konjic


1 May 1895

The first electric tram started running


20 April 1896

Opening of the Town Hall


19 November 1899

Inauguration of the Evangelical Church in Sarajevo


2 January 1899

Opening of Društveni dom


13 July 1903

Benjamin Kalaj passed away


5 October 1908

Annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina


30 May - 3 June 1910

Staying of Franz Josef I in Sarajevo


15 June 1910

The first session of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Parliament


10 October 1910

Census (51.919 inhabitants lived in Sarajevo at the time)


28 June 1914

Sarajevo assassination


29 June 1914 

Introduction of martial law for the town and county area


4 July 1914

Reis-ul-ulema appealed on Bosniaks to refrain from violence against Serbs and destruction of their property that took place in the aftermath of Sarajevo assassination


4 July 1914

The similar appeal was made by Josip Štadler, Archbishop of Vrhbosna


26 July 1914

Cancellation of the marital law introduced in Sarajevo after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand


28 July 1914

Beginning of the First World War


12 – 18October 1914

Court trial to the members of the group that took part in Sarajevo assassination


6 February 1915

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Parliament dissolved


30 April /1 May 1916

The so-called “summer time” instituted for the first time

1918 - 1945


26 October 1918

Establishment of the National Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina


31 October 1918

Establishment of the Main Board of the Peoples’ Council of Slovenians, Croats and Serbs for BiH


1 November 1918

The last Austro-Hungarian Land Governor Stjepan Sarkotiæ handed over office to the Main Board of the Peoples’ Council of SCS for BiH


2 November 1918

The Peoples’ Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina established


1 December 1918

Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians proclaimed


31 January 1921

Census (66.317 inhabitants lived in Sarajevo at the time)


25 February 1924

Sarajevo becomes the seat of Sarajevo district after being the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina as one of the provinces of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.


31 March 1931

Census (78.173 inhabitants in Sarajevo)


15 June 1930

The seat of the Main Office of Islamic Community transferred from Sarajevo to Belgrade


15 June 1938

The seat of the Main Office of Islamic Community transferred from Belgrade to Sarajevo


8 April 1941

The King and Yugoslav Government withdrew from Belgrade to Sarajevo


6 April 1941

German aviation bombarded Sarajevo


14 August 1941

Assembly of Ilmija Association "El-Hidaje" adopted resolution that publicly denounces crimes of Ustasha forces


12 October 1941

At their gathering, Bosniak citizens of Sarajevo adopted the resolution denouncing Ustasha crimes


26 August 1942

Establishment of the “National Salvation” Committee that included representatives of all Bosniak Muslim associations and institutions

1945 - 1991


6 April 1945

Partisan units liberated Sarajevo


26 April 1945

The third session of “State Antifascist Council of National Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina” resulting in the development of the institution into the National Parliament


30 June 1945

General Town Development Plan adopted


7 October 1965

The Balkan Athletic Games took place in Sarajevo


31 May 1971

Census (359.448 inhabitants lived in Sarajevo)


15 February 1984

XIV Winter Olympic Games took place in Sarajevo

1991 - 1995


30 April 1991

Census (429.672 inhabitants lived in Sarajevo)


6 April 1992

Beginning of the aggression of Serbia and Monte Negro military forces against Bosnia and Herzegovina


19 December 1995

Dayton Peace Agreement concluded


The Reconstruction of the City Hall - publication