In 1492, the Spanish Inquisition forced the Spanish Jews into exile across Europe. The Ottomans welcomed them.
Jewish life in Sarajevo came to an abrupt end with the Holocaust when 14,000 residents were either murdered or went into exile. Learn their story in this 1581 Sephardic Synagogue. Engraved items, manuscripts, and scrolls dating back centuries fill the displays. The story of the Sarajevo Jewish population is a sad one. Very few remain to keep their culture alive.
Velika avlija Laure Papo Bahorete, Sarajevo. Tel: +387 33 535-688.
Opening hours: 10.00am to 6.00pm. Admission: 3KM ($2).
The Glodos, a wealthy Bosnian family in the 18th century, built this large traditional Ottoman–style house before fleeing Bosnia after disobeying the Governor. A convenient marriage gave the property to the Svrzo family, in whose possession it remained until City of Sarajevo bought the property in the 1960s.
Svrzo’s House shows the life of a wealthy Islamic family living in Ottoman Sarajevo. The beautiful courtyard and intricate carvings in the interior are highlights. Those with interest in the Ottomans will enjoy this cultural and historical museum.
Glođina 8, Sarajevo. Tel: +387 33 475-740.
Opening hours: 10.00 am to 4.00pm. Admission: 3KM ($2).
The National Gallery displays art from local artists. In 1946, the gallery opened its doors, with 9000 pieces of art. More than 6000 are on permanent display.
Zelenih beretki 8, Sarajevo. Tel: +387 33 266-550.
Opening hours: 10.00am to 8.00pm. Admission: 5KM ($3).