To wander Sarajevo’s streets is to journey through the centuries while diving into a grab bag of architectural styles. In the city’s Baščaršija district, which feels like Istanbul in miniature, artisans craft Turkish-style copper coffee pots under towering minarets and mosques dating back to the 16th century. Along the Miljacka River, the city’s Vijećnica building — originally the city’s National Library, which was destroyed during the Siege of Sarajevo in 1992, and is now the newly-restored City Hall — flashes intricate Moorish-style details in shrimp-pink and cream-colored hues.
Further afield, frilly buildings dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire eventually give way to Socialist-style high-rises still violently pockmarked from bombs, bullets, and shrapnel from the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s.
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