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Svrzo House, Sarajevo

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Built entirely from wood, Svrzo House represents an example of an old Ottoman house, excellently preserved and open for self-guided tours. Dating back to the 18th century, the site was home to a wealthy urban family, and it featured separate living quarters for men, women, and servants. You'll see two defined parts of the household--one for the family, and one intended for hosting guests and entertaining. Learn about the Ottoman lifestyle and see typical home decor from the era. Observe the living room's low semi-quadrate seating area, which was the social norm for urban Turkish houses. To visit Svrzo House and other attractions in Sarajevo, use our Sarajevo itinerary planner.
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  • It is a rare site. Looks like lived a family of Turkish origin but of good breed. Everything is as if they had to enter at a time. Bosnia is a very mystical country (not by the people, which is as mystical as a sausage sandwich) if not for the environment beyond tourism. And this House is as full of energy. I left with a headache although it may have been explanations. In fact, it is forbidden to smoke inside and also kill people (it does but it seems to me that this is true)
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  • One of my friends recommended that I visited the Svrzo House while I was in Sarajevo. Even though it is quite close to the old town it seems to be of the beaten parh. There were almost no one else the...  more »
  • This is a must see in Sarajevo. I mean it. It was built by a wealty local fammily. Interior is traditional, wooden doors anr it's carvings are delicate. Some doors were double and with a steel door, t...  more »
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  • Traditional bosnian house, well maintained. It is great way to learn how people lived in past.
  • Nice old Ottoman traders house. Well maintained and cheap entrance (just 3 BM). Good to spend an hour or so
  • A not to be missed museum house if you go to Sarajevo. Amazing architecture and document of the (rich) muslim housing of the past.
  • An oasis of white washed walls, cobbled courtyards. This 18 th century house museum is brilliantly restored and appropriately furnished, helping visitors imagine Sarajevo life in eras past. Notice the cekme dolaf, designed to prevent inter-sex fretanization
  • A must see when in Sarajevo to discover and understand traditions in Bosnian society.

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Although a compact city, Sarajevo offers a wide range of accommodations. Staying in Bascarsija (the old bazaar area) offers proximity to the most popular tourist attractions, long-established restaurants, and charming teahouses. Staying close to the activity won't cost a fortune in this fairly inexpensive town, and it is surprisingly peaceful late at night. You can choose from a number of historical hotels, but those travelling on a budget may prefer a private or dorm room in one of the many hostels. Modern establishments, which can have more reliable facilities, are mostly in the outskirts.
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