Hanging in the Bascarsija in Sarajevo

The Bascarsija (Bosh-char-she-ya) is the old Turkish part of Sarajevo. Built in the 16th century, the area was once the town's market place. The streets are named after the products that were once sold there (such as gold street and woolen street).

Old Turkish style shops
A man feeding pigeons
The old community well
The artisan area of the Bascarcija. Artisans here make intricate carving on, of all things, shell casings. Lots of tourist crap here as well.

More of Sarajevo

The bridge from where Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip. The Serb nationalist gunman was standing on the left side near the road as the Archduke Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was driving by.
The national library. During the war, the Yugoslav National Army fired incendiary devices into the building. The library's interior was destroyed including its priceless collection of ancient illuminated texts. It's currently boarded up.
The Parliament building. It was in front of this building crowds had gathered to protest the surrounding of the city by the Yugoslav Army and paramilitary groups. Bosnian Serb paramilitaries under the command of Radovan Karadic opened fire on the crowd from the roof of the Holiday Inn across the street.
White trash Jesus. This stained glass window can be found at the Catholic Katedral in Sarajevo. The glass was lost sometime during the war (I think) but it gives the effect of Jesus wearing a muscle shirt.

Stecaks

These fascinating legacies are one of the few remaining artifacts of the original pre-Turkish Bosnians (7th to 16th century). The beautiful (almost Celtic) designs on these gravestones, called stecaks, feature prominently in Bosnian art. The people who made these markers were pre-Muslims who practiced a derivative of Roman Catholicism. Some researchers believe they were Bogomils who practiced a Gnostic-style Christianity but that is doubtful. It is clear the Roman church considered them heretics. The photos were taken in the front yard of the Bosnian National Museum in Sarajevo.

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