Although Sniper’s Alley may not be very historical compared to other things on this list, it deserves a special mention. During the Siege of Sarajevo, Serb snipers hid in the Jewish Cemetery on the slopes of Trebević Mountain,firing at men, women, and children.
Delila, a local Bosniak, said that ‘Sarajevians pretended life went on as normal in an unnormal way otherwise people would go crazy’. This statement captures the essence of their resilience. But passing the mainMešaSelimović Boulevard and Zmaja odBosne Street was impossible without being exposed to the attackers. Residents either ran for their lives or crossed hiding behind the shields of UN armoured vehicles. Hundreds died by sniper, including 60 children.
You can stand in Sniper’s Alley today and get a feel of how dangerous this crossing was during the Siege. Or, climb up to the Jewish Cemetery on the hill to the south for the sniper’s perspective.
Zmaja od Bosne, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina