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Sebilj – Alifakovac

Start your day at Sebilj (from Arabic depicting a kiosk-like public fountain) or as visitors frequently call it “the pigeon square”. Sebilj is a wooden fountain built by the Czech architect Alexander Vitek. Built in a pseudo-Moorish style, Sebilj along with Vijećnica (the City Hall) represents one of the city’s most recognizable symbols.

Walk toward Brusa Bezistan (Abadžiluk 10) covered-bazaar museum located just south of Sebilj, to view the museum’s permanent exhibit depicting a history of Sarajevo under the title “From Ancient History to the end of Austro-Hungarian Period.” Brusa Bezistan is one of city’s two remaining covered bazaars. Another one still serves its original purpose and it houses shops, mainly clothing boutiques.

Following the visit to this museum, www.sonar.ba suggests you take a lunch break by visiting one of city’s many aščinicas, or cafeteria-style restaurants where you can sample a variety of Bosnian dishes. The one closest to the museum is Aščinica Hadžibajrić, one of the oldest aščinicas in the city, located at Veliki Curciluk 59 Street. If you need a hardier lunch, www.sonar.ba suggest you stroll down Bravadžiluk Street right of the Baščaršijska Mosque and sample ćevapi (grilled spiced meat balls) served with pita bread (somun) and yoghurt at one of ćevabdžinicas located on the street. Ćevabdžinica Mrkva is www.sonar.ba favorite!

After lunch, www.sonar.ba recommends you walk to Kazandžiluk or the coppersmith street, located in a side street little bit south of Sebilj square, to pick up a souvenir or just to observe coppersmiths creating coffee pots (džezve), trays (tacne) or water jugs (ibrike).  The sound of chisels and hammers thumping against the copper is strangely calming.

Follow Kazandžiluk all the way to its end and then turn left toward Vijećnica (the City Hall.) Badly damaged in the recent war, Vijećnica is still under construction. It is open to public only on certain occasions (for e.g. if an exhibit or a concert is held there). Even with scaffolding distracting the view, you’ll be able to see the why this pseudo-Moorish building that is still one of the prettiest and most recognizable symbols of Sarajevo. Walk across the bridge will bring you to Inat Kuća (or the House of Defiance or Spite). Now, a restaurant, the Inat Kuća represents defiance and stubbornness of people of Sarajevo. (Refer to Spirit of Sarajevo of www.sonar.ba to read about Inat Kuća.) A short and a steep walk up the Alifakovac hill starting next to Inat Kuća will take you to Alifakovac cemetery. Apart from a splendid view of the city, the Alifakovac cemetery is known for its Ottoman Turbe (or dome-like tombstones posted on four pillars.) The cemetery was a final resting place for the city’s most respected citizens during Ottoman times, but also it was Musafirsko cemetery (from the Turkish word musafir or traveler.) It was customary to burry visitors of the city who died while in Sarajevo at Alifakovac cemetery.
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