Sarajevo

Sightseeing

Jewish Cemetary

Located on the front-line during the war this historic cemetery was severely damaged during that time and now faces an ever-present threat from landslides due to its steep hillside location. Ongoing rescue and restoration work has seen some of the 3800+ tombstones repaired but much remains to be done and about 95% of the stones are still damaged.

On the site, located in the Kovačići-Debelo Brdo area and not far above the transit road, visitors can wander through one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. Containing graves from the 16th century onwards, the cemetery is an integral part of Jewish history in the region and an atmospheric and interesting place for the casual visitor though those wandering through should be aware that the site is in poor condition and be careful of both the gravestones and monuments and their own safety.

Also on the site are a chapel, a fountain and several monuments dedicated to the victims of fascism. Though it can be walked to and one can get relatively close by public transport, a taxi might be the easiest way for visitors who don’t fancy the steep uphill climb.

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