Vijećnica, Sarajevo

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Vijećnica serves as a symbol of the city and is the most representative building from the Austro-Hungarian period that bears witness to the city's historical dramas. It was built between 1892 and 1894 in a pseudo-Moorish style--a blend of Orient and Occident, as the city itself. The most notable feature of its interior is the six-angled hall topped with the glass dome. Notice the painted decorations in the main stairway and the stained-glass window ornamented with floral patterns under the dome. The hall burned down in 1992, and it was officially re-opened after restoration on May 9, 2014. It has housed the National and University Library since 1949. Arrange to visit Vijećnica and other attractions in Sarajevo using our Sarajevo itinerary maker.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Visited this museum which has a very good art collection, nice historical facility.. Very reasonable entrance fee (includes guide). This building has been rebuilt with a good balance of original and m...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This Islamic other forum style Building located on the river bian, formerly known as Cabildo and then into China State Libraries in the future. But in the 1992 war fight time was Vandalism, inside there are many Tibetan Book by 燒 destroyed. Now when Building've rebuilt, profiles and Forum style alone.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful building in Sarajevo according to me. Certainly worth a visit. Costs around £ 25 to join in with the architecture and Museum on the lower floor is worth the money. The building has a great story that is told in there. No guided tours are available, but going around freely there looking.
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  • June 24, 2017
    Good outside, even better inside. The entrance fee was 5 KM which was totally worth it. There was an exhibition inside regarding the history of Bosnia, with the theme "life". Very informative and interesting. Visit it!
  • May 30, 2017
    A landmark of that great city. I just wished they turn it back to a library, but I think they won't. Amazing city hall building built of that mix of east and west arch.
  • March 3, 2017
    Vijećnica is the best one museum what can meet us with the history of Sarajevo trough peace and trough war, to the today's daily tradition of this city. One thing is missing, Library! Library must come back to the Vijećnica. Not just museum and conferences room. Vijećnica deserves old function, to be library of Sarajevo.
  • May 7, 2017
    Great restauration of the national library. Beautifuly decorated. A good way to spend 30 mins, especially if there is an exhibition of photographs or art at the time.
  • February 24, 2017
    Reconstruction finished at 2014, but no book displayed. there are no audio guide either to give us better understanding on the buildings. Many of the sections are still closed from public access.

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