Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The bus ride from Mostar to Sarajevo was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable rides so far. The journey took me along the blue-green Neretva River, alongside mountains and lastly, up and down mountains. Truth be told, I think Bosnia is one of the most scenic countries in the world. I would have never considered visiting this place a few years ago and now it is a country I will return to.

The scenery in Sarajevo was phenomenal. The city is surrounded by lush mountains with the small Miljacka River flowing through it. It has a very small town feel. The city is also filled with buildings from the Austro-Hungarian era.

Similar to Mostar, Sarajevo has many mosques, more so than churches. The oldest and most prominent is Ghazi Husrev-Bey’s Mosque. The city also has Orthodox churches and synagogues, being very religiously diverse.

Unlike Mostar, many of the physical ruins from the war were not visible, most likely because of international reconstruction aid. However, graves of the war dead were plentiful, taking up several hillsides.

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