“Is there a time for first communion
A time for east 17
Is there a time to turn the mecca
Is there a time to be a beauty queen”
-Miss Sarajevo by U2
Sarajevo is a city filled with history. From its beginnings as part of the Ottoman Empire, to then becoming a part of Austro-Hungary, which can be seen in its different architecture styles.
It played a major part in the start of World War One, with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand by Serbian Nationalists. During World War Two, it was occupied by Nazis who expelled the Jews, leaving a very small minority in the city even today. After World War Two, it was under the communist rule of Tito and part of Yugoslavia, until 1992 when the siege of Sarajevo begun and continued for 44months.
In 1984, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics and even now you can visit the locations of some of the events.
The bobsled track was my favourite place we visited in Sarajevo. We took a taxi to the track (32Km or about £15) and once we got there, we were pretty much alone to walk the length of the track at our own pace, stopping to notice graffiti or Sarajevo Roses that were on the track. We walked back into the old town which took us 2 hours (with a lot of dawdling and a snack break.)