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Sarajevo Jewish Tour

The first Jews reached Bosnia in the middle of 15th century from Spain and Portugal. As tens of thousands of Jews fled the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, Sultan Bayezid II of the Ottoman Empire welcomed Jews who were able to reach his territories. Sephardi Jews fleeing Spain and Portugal were welcomed in – and found their way to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Thrace and other areas of Europe under Ottoman control. Sarajevo became an important center for the Jews of Balkans.

In the Ottoman Empire Jews were generally well-treated and were recognized by law as non-Muslims. Despite some restrictions, the Jewish communities of the Empire prospered. They were granted significant autonomy, with various rights including the right to buy real estate, to build Synagogues and to conduct trade throughout the Ottoman Empire. Jews, along with the other non-Muslim subjects of the Empire, were granted full equality under Ottoman law by 1856.

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2 to 3 hours


Hotel pickup available


Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • Local guide
    • Professional guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Entry/Admission - Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Entry/Admission - Ashkenazi Synagogue
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Meet Bosnia Travel, Gazi Husrev Begova 75 Crossroad of Mula Mustafe Baseskije and Logavina Streets, Sarajevo 71000 Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Meeting point, hotel pickup can be organised upon request.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mula Mustafe Baseskije 40, Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The tour starts at the Jewish Museum. This museum is housed in the oldest synagogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, built in 1581. Here we will watch 20 minutes movie of Sarajevo Haggaddah, the famous book that is kept in National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Ferhadija Street Eternal Flame is at end of Marsala Tita street and beginning of Ferhadija street, Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Explore some of greatest Jewish investments and find out where the first hotel in Sarajevo was opened, where and what shops Jews were running in Sarajevo. See where the first Jewish school was opened in Sarajevo and where the "singing" synagogue used to be with the local guide from Sarajevo.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Sarajevo National Theatre, Obala Kulina bana 9, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    See the National Theatre square and its connection to the Jewish community in Sarajevo

    Stop At: Bosnian Cultural Center, Branilaca Sarajeva 24, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    One of the largest Sephardic synagogues in Europe today has another function.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ashkenazi Synagogue, Hamdije Kresevljakovica 59, Sarajevo 71000 Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The Ashkenazi Synagogue is the center of Jewish life in Sarajevo today.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Jewish Cemetery Sarajevo, Gabrielle Moreno Locatelli, Sarajevo 71000 Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The OId Jewish Cemetery is almost 500 years old cemetery in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Established by Sephardic Jews during the Ottoman period, it also became the burial ground for Ashkenazi Jews after they arrived in Sarajevo with the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 19th century.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zmaja od Bosne 3, Sarajevo 71000 Bosnia and Herzegovina

    You shoud definataly not miss the amazing story of the 700 years old Sarajevo Haggadah and the Muslim librarian who saved it from the Nazis. Sarajevo Haggadah is a compilation of different stories written by the Jews in Barcelona in 14th century and that, by destiny, was brought to Sarajevo by a Jewish family in 16th century. The book survived three wars and it is still the most important item of the National Museum, and the most important item of Jewish heritage in Bosnia.

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Meet Bosnia Travel, Gazi Husrev begova 75 at crossroad of Mula Mustafa Baseskija and BA, Gazi Husrev-begova, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We start tour from Meet Bosnia Travel agency located at Gazi Husrevbegova 75. Hotel pickup could be offered upon request.
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Meet Bosnia Travel

Activity ID: V-53620P7

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