Sarajevo is a
city in which even strangers can feel at home. Neither
geographically expansive nor characterised by large
buildings, the city retains a particular, arresting charm
with its abundance of busy café's and abiding tradition of
city's breathtaking backdrop of seemingly endless hills
and towering mountains have in a sense always isolated
the city, creating a timeless world, which despite its
seclusion has always kept its doors open to the rest of the
world. Although Sarajevo is a capital city typified by the
hustle and bustle of everyday life, it also possesses a
unique ambience that seeps into the soul.
This city epitomizes a partial centuries-old struggle
against outside influences combined with the absorption of
these influences into one of the most diverse cultures in
Europe. Indeed, few places on earth feature an Orthodox
and a Catholic church, a mosque and a
synagogue within easy walking distance of each other. If
there were any city in Europe that effortlessly straddles
east and west, it is Sarajevo.
Here the Byzantine and
Ottoman empires of the east and the Roman, Venetian and
Austro-Hungarian empires of the west left an indelible
mark through culture, traditions and religions.A walk
through Sarajevo is a
through its past. From the
oriental Ottoman quarters
lined with sweet shops, café's and handicraft workshops, to
the administrative and cultural centre of Austro-Hungarian
times, Sarajevo encompasses the very best of both worlds.
In Sarajevo, people have time for family and friends. It is
often said that a man's wealth here is not measured in his
material belongings but rather in his friendships.