44 months of shooting, shelling and living off donated canned food. Sarajevo still shows many signs of the siege and this for me was one of the most interesting parts considering how little I knew of any of it before visiting Mostar. Within the city there are still many signs of the siege and the damage it caused. Here are some in the city that I would recommend you try and see.
Bullet hole covered buildings
There are still some found in the old town, the building next to the Catholic Cathedral for instance, remains as it was when it was shelled and the cathedral has damage from shells that exploded next to it.
This is a crater left when a shell dropped. When it’s filled in red you know that someone died as a result of the shelling. Walking through the streets of Sarajevo, you can find these scattered around.
During the siege, this 800m tunnel that ran underneath the airport was the only way to get in or out of the city. Now there is 25m left that you can walk through. We took a taxi, which took us there and back to the old town (for 4 of us cost 60km or £30 and waited an hour while we explored.) As much as there is to see, there’s very little information so I would recommend taking a guided tour.
If you do decide to visit the bobsled track, on your way you’ll see the remains or hotels and restaurants used during the Olympics. They remain empty and abandoned. There is also a view point where there is a white cross. When we went there, there were two police parked beside us which has us wondering if the police had nothing better to do. Turns out the cross is for a Serbian sniper who died there, and the police were there to stop people from trying to damage the cross (which looking at it, had happened in the past.)
One of the first things we saw in Sarajevo is this exhibition. It is small, but very moving. It contains photos from the Srebrenica mass killings as well as 2 movies from Sarajevo during the siege. Let’s just say there were very few dry eyes.
I found learning about this war, which I knew nothing about, to be almost a highlight of this trip. We decided to visit Belgrade, Serbia after here. While there we did a Yugoslavia walking tour and visited a Military museum. In the museum there was nothing at all about the Bosnian conflicts and during the walking tour, all that was said was it was Serbian in Bosnia and Herzegovina that led this conflict.
This ends the Yugoslavia part of my blog(even though we ended up going to Serbia we didn’t find out anything new.) I really did find visiting and learning bout this part of history incredible interesting especially since I hadn’t know about any of it before. Like before if you have anything else to add please post a comment, I’d love to know your thoughts or if you missed any of the previous blogs have a look now.