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Miljacka River (Courtesy of Visit Sarajevo)

Published: 17.02.2011

Main Sarajevo river is called Miljacka.


It goes through Sarajevo with its total length. Not swimmable or sailable :), but it is the river up on which Sarajevo has been founded.


Miljacka River is the right tributary of River Bosna, with flow length of 36 km. It is made of Paljanska and Mokranjska Miljacka.

Its basin drains the northern mountanious terrains of mountains Ravne and Trebević, southwestern slopes of Romanija and southern slopes of Bukovik and Crepoljsko.

It is a mountain aquifer of flooding character with two maximum flows (spring and late autmn) and two minimum (winter and summer). Central annual discharge of Sarajevo is 5.7 m³ / s.

The largest tributaries are Bistrica, Repašnica on the left, and Lapišnica, Mošćanica and Koševski Creek on the rigth side.


Miljacka flows into Bosna River at Sarajevo field upstream from Rajlovac.

In the upper flow it course through cliffed valley while its main tributaries Mokranjska and Paljanska are arising from karst springs, have had carved, in their lower courses, deep canyons.

Mokranjska Miljacka springs from the cave which is near the Kadino Village at Mokro (municipality of Pale). This is extremely valuable speleologic object is recorded under number of 1834, Cadastre of caves of whole Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is not yet fully explored.


There are few Natural rarity areas in the these three Miljacka flows which are worth mentioning:

-       The stone arch at the belove the village Dovlići

-       Cliffs on the Miljacka from Pale to Goats Bridge

-       The spring of Paljanska Miljacka, municipality Pale

-       Calcereous area Pale with cascade on Paljanska Miljacka

-       Calcereous area at creek Sitnica near Mokro, municipality pale

-       Calcereous area at Jasenova near Mokro, municipality Pale.


Very much worth mentioning is that cave where Mokranjska Miljacka springs is an excellent opportunity for “avanturistic tourism” which would exclude any usage of electric enlightening or any constructing works inside the cave, so it is possible to feel the cave with more emotions and respect.

 

Mokranjska Miljacka Cave, Pale

Mokranjska Miljacka Cave


By now it had been explored around 6230 m of this cave what makes it second longest one in Bosnia and Herzegovina, just behind the world famous Vjetrenica.


When it comes to Sarajevo area things worth visiting are:

-       Goats Bridge

-       Bentbaša and Dariva

-       Šeher ćehaja Bridge

-       Latin Bridge

-       Ars Aevi Bridge and Vilsons Lane.

Goats Bridge over Miljacka river

Goats Bridge
Sarajevo and river Miljacka
Sarajevo beginning of the 20th century and Miljacka river

Sarajevo Survival Tools

Published: 28.01.2010.

The „Sarajevo Survival Tools” (http://h.etf.unsa.ba/srp/project.htm) project is an outcome of the cooperation between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo (ETF) and the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the field of cultural heritage digitization. Inside this project we created a virtual presentation of the exhibition “Sarajevo under the siege” from the Historical Museum, which contains the objects created and used by the citizens of Sarajevo during the 3,5 years period when the city was under the siege (1992-1996). The digital content was created by the 3rd year students of the Computer Science Department, as a lab coursework in the Computer Graphics course. Each object is presented by the basic information, photo gallery, movie about its creation and purpose and the interactive 3D model.

 

This project enables the Internet users to learn about the life in Sarajevo under the siege and an extraordinary creativity of its citizens, who succedded to survive and defend their town in terrible conditions with lack of food, water, electricity and heating, under the permanent life danger. Particularly interesting are the movies, which, apart from the details about the objects, present the each students personal perception of the war period that they survived as children.
 

Apart from the Internet presentation, we plan to display the created digital content in the Museum using an interactive display, enabling the visitors of the exhibition to find out more details about the objects and their origin, and to virtually turn them around and view them from all sides.

More details on: http://h.etf.unsa.ba/srp/project.htm
 

Project team:
Project coordinator ETF – 
dr Selma Rizvić, asisstant professor
Graphic design and web implementation of virtual musem, supervising the students, 
Aida Sadžak, MoEE, teaching assistant
Supervising the students, Anis Zuko, MoEE, student helper 
Students of the 3rd year, ETF, 2009/10

Project coordinator Historic Museum of BH
Museum director – Muhiba Kaljanac, museum counselor
Amar Karapuš, curator

Narators - Vanja Jovišić, Gina Landor
English translation – Amira Sadiković, agency „Diwan“

Text and editing of the digital story – Selma Rizvić
Autors of the photos used for the digital story: Rikard Larma, Roger Richards, Christian Marechal, James Mason, Danilo Krstanović, Kemal Hadžić, Emil Grebenar, Ron Haviv, Tošo Mitaševski 
Sound effects – Mirsad Tukić
Music selection – Gordana Karanjac Ekmečić

EXHBITION PHOTOS

 
 

Major Sarajevo Bridges

Published: 07.11.2010.

Sarajevo is a city where bridges are very common thing to see.

River is not the biggest one, but the some of the bridges are really worth seeing while you spent your time in the city.

 

Šeher-ćehaja bridge

 Šeher-ćehaja bridge

Here we will mention those which are not to miss, for more see Bridges section among VISIT SARAJEVO pages.

Old Sarajevo bridges

 Old Sarajevo bridges

For more informations and more bridges of Sarajevo move on to our Bridges section.

Ćumurija Bridge

 Goat's Bridge 

First time in Sarajevo (Courtesy of Visit Sarajevo)

Published: 07.10.2010

Ok, you are in Sarajevo for the first time, or maybe about to visit this marvelous city for the first time, and you want a Sarajevo for beginners.

VISIT SARAJEVO gives some initial suggestions on what to do, what to see, where to go, in various categories, such as: 
History
AttractionsGoing OutEating OutNatureSport, etc.   

First, we shall start with some Historical data
 

First, you should know that Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city was been founded in 15th century, by 
Ottomans, specifically by Isa Bey Ishaković, but some data show that this city dates even from 11th century.

Around this time, Sarajevo was the first city in Europe to have coffee (some data implies that first European coffee was made in Sarajevo, at 
Shabans Inn, long before 1645 when it was brought to Venice and five years later to London, in 1650), a Public Bathroom, a University, and many, many other improvements that have arrived with Ottomans.   

The Ottomans ruled Bosnia and Herzegovina for 400 years, and have left the most significant impact on Sarajevo whichis still evident today.

After the Ottomans left, 
Austro-Hungarian rule arrived to these areas.

It lasted from 1878 until 1918, but in 1914 one of the most unpleasant events of Sarajevo history occurred. The 
Assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie was the trigger for a World War I.   

Not everything was so bad for Sarajevo during the Austro-Hungarian rule. The city experienced fast growth and development.

Some most important buildings in Sarajevo were built then: Cathedrals, churches, 
Vijećnica (City Hall), the National Theatre, roads…

Something Sarajevans are quite proud of is that Sarajevo had one of the first electric trams in Europe, definitely the first in the Balkans, and aquired before it was installed in the streets of Vienna.

After the assassination and World War I, Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of 
Yugoslavia. During those times the most important event was the XIV Winter Olympic Games, which were held in Sarajevo and demonstrated to the world how succesful the Olympics could be.

After the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina voted for its independence in 1992 
The Siege started. The Seige of Sarajevo was the longest Siege in modern history,lasting almost 4 years. Nearly 12.000 Sarajevans lost their lives.

After the war ended in 1996, a new era of the modern Sarajevo began. The city today is the biggest and fastest developing city in the region.

Places worth seeing while in Sarajevo.

Sarajevo is considered the 
European Jerusalem, for its temples of four world religions: Islam, Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Judaism.

VISIT SARAJEVO highly recommends visiting the following:

Religious temples
 

• Gazi Husref beys Mosque,

• Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Heart,

• Old Orthodox church of St. Archangel Mikhail and Gabriel,

• “Il kal Vježu” (the Old Temple). Historical attractions:

• Baščaršija Square, and Sebilj fountain,

• Vijećnica Library (City Hall)

• Tunnel of Hope,

• Yellow Bastion,

• White Bastion,

• Sarajevo roses,

• Goats Bridge,

• Latin Bridge, and Museum next to it.


Then food, we have brilliant 
Food.

• Ćevapi - Ćevapčići, as a major specialty,

• Pita (all kinds),

• Klepe,

• Begova Čorba (Bey’s Stew),

• Sogan Dolma,

• Bosanski Lonac,

• Filovana Paprika,

• Sarma.


Then drinks, brilliant Drinks are being produced in Sarajevo as well.  

• Water (regular water)

• Sarajevsko Beer,

• Variety of domestic Rakijas (Kruška, Šljiva, etc),

• Bosanska Kafa,

• Boza.


And in order to sweeten up your meal try these:

• Baklava,

• Tufahija,

• Hrumašice,

• Halva.


Regarding Arts & Culture, check the 
Calendar and see what is going on in Theaters, Cinema, Galleries, etc.

For more, everything you need can be found on the 
VISIT SARAJEVO pages, so feel free to check it out. 

 

Major Sarajevo Attractions

Published: 10/08/2010

Sarajevo Sahat Kula - Clock Tower

The most famous square in whole Bosnia and Herzegovina, Baščaršija square, and its sorroundings (shops, bazzars, souvenir makers, food and drink producers) are something you can not miss.
The focal point, Sebilj, most famous fountain in Sarajevo as well as whole Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Once the biggest library in Balkans, Vijećnica Library, today the most representative heritage from recent war, which hopefully will not be for a long time, since it is about to be repaired, and about to gain back former bright shine, which it deserves. She serves the knowledge, and the knowledge is power.

Next on the list Gazi Husref bey’s complex, and his list of endowments. Along in this complex you should NOT miss:

  • Gazi Husref bey's Mosque
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Clock Tower (Sahat Kula)
  • Probably the first public toilet in Bosnia, Gazi Husref bey's toilet,
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Kitchen,
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Bezistan (Bazaar),
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Tomb,
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Library,
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Khanqah,
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Madrasah,
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Muwaqqithana, and
  • Gazi Husref bey’s Hammam.


War history, Tunnel of Hope – War Tunnel. Only connection of Sarajevo and free world during the Siege.

Probably the oldest and most-extraordinary (by its architecture, and nature) Orthodox church in Sarajevo, the Old Orthodox church of St. Archangel Mikhail and Gabriel.

 

Also do not miss the Orthodox Cathedral, one of the most impressive temples of Orthodoxy.

Next on the list, Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Heart. The most representative monument of Christianity in Sarajevo. Jewish people, history and tradition.

 

Jews have come to Sarajevo, I would say long time ago, in 16th century, and in the Ottoman Empire were equal to Muslims, so that is why they were free to build such an amazing temples and structures in Sarajevo.

Here we mention those most important ones:

  • “Il kal vježu” (the Old Temple),
  • “Il kal muevu” (the New Temple),
  • The large Sephardic Temple,
  • The Ashkenazi Temple and the La benevolencija building;
  • Jewish Cemetery, as one of the largest in Europe.
  • Haggadah.


Museums like museums, each and everyone has a story.

National Museum, the first of its kind that you should visit, after that, Historical MuseumJewish Museum, or Museum of Sarajevo 1878-1918Svrzo House.

Bridges, oh my God, we love them. They connect people, and people’s people.

First on the list, Latin Bridge, you know, AssassinationFranz Ferdinand, World War I. Unavoidable.

Next, Goat's Bridge, Constantinople road, unavoidable as well; According the myth, built by the unknown architect, in the Miljacka canyon. Very interesting place, bridge almost forgotten.

Roman Bridge, nobody knows when precisely it was built, old around 460 to 480 years. Built of a stone, that was once used to build Roman structures. Highly recommended.

 

Also do not miss the fortresses, which stands near the city sky and conducts the four centuries old command to keep the enemy out.

Two in charge Yellow Bastion and White Bastion.  

Sarajevo Roses, unfortunate heritage from the recent war. Click the link and see what they really are.

 

Sarajevo - European Jerusalem

Published: 02.08.2010

Sarajevo - European Jerusalem
Sarajevo is a city where four major world religions meet, and together, live a life made of, harmony, peace and tolerance. 
Sarajevo temples are not as those which you would find in metropolises worldwide, as gorgeous or famous, but it is still unique and universal for its temples of four world religions. 

Sarajevo is a city where four major world religions meet, and together, live a life made of, harmony, peace and tolerance. 

Sarajevo temples are not as those which you would find in metropolises worldwide, as gorgeous or famous, but it is still unique and universal for its temples of four world religions. 

In order to emphasize that universality, Sarajevo could be compared to ancient Jerusalem, although in Jerusalem, there are impassable wall barriers between Jewish Wailing Wall and Islamic Al Aqsa and Al Quds. In Sarajevo, like nowhere else, that is not a case, no walls no barriers between temples, so that is why this unique and harmonious city is one of its kind.

Their existence next to each other and survival up to date confirms the unity of religious contrasts, which was literary unthinkable, especially in the middle ages.

Today if you walk the old part of Sarajevo, Baš?aršija, you would be amazed to find that only in the range of 100 – 200 meters you would be able to see Gazi Husref Bey's Mosque and its complex, as most significant piece of Islamic architecture in Sarajevo, the Old Orthodox Church of St. Archangel Mikhail and Gabriel, which is a structure of unknown date of creation, and a monument of design that is not common to Orthodox architectural style, Cathedral of the Hearth of Jesus, as the most significant monument of Christianity in Sarajevo, and The Old or New Jewish temple, which are the oldest and most significant monuments of Jewish presence in Sarajevo.

In Sarajevo, temples were exclusively built on charitable basis, not only among the Moslems but also other confessions.

For something like that, European middle age platitude: “The one who owns the state owns the religion too.”, was not a scenario here.

Besides that, the benefactors could appear in free and guaranteed craft and trade businesses. These conditions were set by the Ottoman arrival. Since then, instead of middle-age establishment donjons and burgs, open cities appear in which mass crafts and trade were able to develop, so the people enriched by that became Maecenas and benefactors in building sacral buildings.

This is the way old Sarajevo was founded with its rich old part, Baš?aršija, which gave benefactors of all four religions of the world, who thorough their temples overcame the contrasts and thereby became the symbol of benevolence and tolerance.

Of course, these are not the only monuments in Sarajevo, there is a large number of others around the city, which are most definitely, not less important, since every one of them has a story, story that speaks about Sarajevo, the only place in the world where tolerance, peace and harmony, ideas of ideal are most beautifully spoken.

Sarajevo, European Jerusalem.
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