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The City Hall Museum

The City Hall was solemnly opened April 20, 1896, used for governing and administrative purposes.

  • Working Hours:  
        Every Day  
    from 9:00 to 17:00 h
  • Contact phone: +387 33 292 800
  • Contact email: info@jpsarajevo.ba
  • Adress: Brodac 1, 71000 Sarajevo, B&H

On a global scale, it is the most famous Sarajevo building

Sarajevo City Hall, on a global scale, is the most famous Sarajevo building. It is not only an unmissable detail of most panoramic views of the city, but also a kind of symbol of its changes. As a town hall, and even more so as the decades-old seat of the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the City Hall has been the focus of all important political and cultural events in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina for more than a century.

It witnessed the change of several state systems, the Sarajevo assassination, the terrible challenges of the two world wars, the unique rise of the city during the XIV Winter Olympic Games in 1984 and finally, in the form of a National Library, it was exposed to a barbaric attack, burning and destruction. It has thus become a modern metaphor for urbicide, culturicide...

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City Hall

After the Second World War City Hall was put on disposal to the National Library and remains in that function until the aggression against BiH.

Neighborhoods of  Sarajevo - Baščaršija 

We will start with today's bathing area Bentbaša, which was once known as medieval village of Brodac. The founder of Sarajevo, Isabeg Isaković thought this location was just perfect for establishing a city.

In Baščaršija, he built Kolobara Han (Kolobara Inn), a hotel in modern terms, which was soon surrounded by a multitude of shops creating the economic basis for the development of the city. Kozja ćuprija bridge (Goat Bridge) was built upstream from the village of Brodac in the 16th century, and today is an easy, half hours walk from Bentbaša along the Dariva Street. Not much is known about Kozja ćuprija, but it is certain that everything came to town through it: armies, caravans, religions, cultures and influences.

In the night between August 25 and 26, 1992, City Hall was hit by flammable artillery missiles. The fire destroyed the City Hall, together with the huge library fund of the National-University Library of about 2 million units. The renovation of the City Hall starts in 1996 and lasts until 2014, and the complete reconstruction has been done according to the original documentation.

There are two traditions about the origin of Kozja ćuprija.
According to the first legend, the bridge was built by the Romans, and the second claims it was built by Mehmed Paša in memory of his childhood when he was just a poor goat shepherd.

According to the legend, one of the goats in his care discovered the hidden treasure. Mehmed used it for his education, became elected to the rank of Pasha and constructed a bridge he called “Goat’s Bridge”. Another permanent stamp was left by Gazi Husrev Beg (Gazi Husrev Bey), the conqueror of Belgrade, the irreplaceable warrior in campaigns of Suleiman the Magnificent, triple Bosnian Steward and Builder. In 1530, with his own money, he built the most monumental building of Islamic culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the largest sacral object of Islamic architecture in this part of the world, Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque, sitting on the right bank of the river Miljacka.

Bey Mosque, together with mekteb, wudu inn, two octagonal mausoleums and the clock tower building is the central and largest complex of the “čaršija”, and has had a significant influence on all construction activities in the city.
It is also the first mosque in the world to install electrical lighting.
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