Sarajevo is the "religion, philosophy, and way of life" of the Jewish people...
coexisting there for centuries. Due to this long and rich history of religious diversity, Sarajevo is often called the "Jerusalem of Europe" or "Jerusalem of the Balkans".
Although settlement in the area stretches back to prehistoric times, the modern city arose as an Ottoman
stronghold in the 15th century.
"An immense number of trees among the houses, of which many are large and fine, give the entire city the image of an excellent garden and it is no wonder they call it the Damascus of the North" - 17th century English traveler
"On this earth there are many cities by the name of Saray. Ak Saray, Tebe-Saray between Persia, Dzhurdistan, and Degestan, City Saray on the banks of the river Erdelya, when you pass the field Hayhat, now in the lands of Muscovy, Vize-Saray in Rumeliya, and others. But this Bosnian fortified city of Sarajevo is the most advanced, beautiful, and lively, of them all" - Elvija Chelebiya, traveling writer
"And from whatever time of day and from whatever corner you set your sights on Sarajevo, you always and without specific intention think the same thing. That is a city. A city that both nears its end and is dying, yet simultaneously is being born and growing" - Ivo Andric|Ivo Andrić, Nobel prize winning writer
"When you go to Sarajevo what you experience... is life" - Mike Leigh, film director Category:Cities bs:Sarajevo