The Ali-Pasha Mosque, a Beggar, Shelled Buildings, and the Turkish Quarter – a Time Lapse Tour of Sarajevo

This is the Ali-Pasha Mosque in Sarajevo, one still of 3,606 images that make up this series of 17 time lapse scenes I shot in Sarajevo six years ago. It’s a fun bit of video with a great soundtrack which I like to reshare on occasion so if you haven’t seen it yet, it’ll make my day if you’d take a couple minutes to check it out.

I’d wanted to visit Sarajevo since I was about six, when I first read in our home encyclopedia about how World War I started in this mysterious city in the country of my birth, one that would host the Winter Olympic Games 70 years later. Six years ago this month I finally walked across the Latin Bridge where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated and went for a leisurely stroll down the Olympic bobsled run, now a concrete monument splattered in graffiti and slowly being blanketed by undergrowth from its forest setting. (A video of that stroll is also at the previous link.)



For the Sarajevo-curious, the scenes:
1. Shelled building along the Miljacka River near the Skenderija Bridge
2. View to the northwest, Koševo district and Olympic Stadium complex
3. Destroyed senior center, Alipašino Polje (eastern Sarajevo)
4. Ali-Pasha Mosque
5. Beggar on Mula Mustafe Baseskije Street, a lively pedestrian thoroughfare
6. Intersection of Marshall Tito Avenue and Vladimir Peric Valter Street in central Sarajevo
7. Apartment building in the New Sarajevo district
8. Destroyed observatories in the mountains to the south – at right the Orion Observatory built during the Yugoslav period, and the older dating to the Austro-Hungarian Empire
9. Katedrala Srca Isusova (Jesus’ Heart Cathedral)
10. Former Yugoslav (JLA) army barracks, now part of the University of Sarajevo campus
11. View to the east from Dom Policije Vranjače, a former Club/vacation home for police officers
12. Front of the Railway Station
13. Near the Holiday Inn, the only functioning hotel during the Siege of Sarajevo. This is near the beginning of what was known as Sniper Alley.
14. Fine Arts Academy, formerly the Evangelical Church
15. Apartment building in the New Sarajevo district
16. In the Baščaršija, or Turkish Quarter
17. View west from the Žuta Tabija, or Yellow Bastion (early 18th C.)

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The soundtrack?

City Night Line by Cobra (avec logo panthère). CC/Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


And for the record: Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,259th (!) straight, was snapped in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, on 28-Jun-2011.





  1. That was a great video, which I thought gave me some insight into the recent history of this city. I wonder how much it’s changed in the last six years?

    1. I’m sure there have been changes, but it’s quite gradual. The city was brutalized two decades ago. I’m hoping to visit again next year.

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