Stari Grad, Sarajevo

Stari Grad (Cyrillic: Стари Град , pronounced [stâːriː grâːd]; "Old Town") is a municipality of the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the oldest and most historically significant part of Sarajevo. At its heart is the Baščaršija, the old town market sector where the city was founded by the Ottoman general Isa-Beg Isaković in the 15th century.

Stari Grad

Стари Град

Old Town
Stari Grad in August 2012
Stari Grad in August 2012
Coat of arms of Stari Grad
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 43°52′N 18°26′E / 43.867°N 18.433°E / 43.867; 18.433Coordinates: 43°52′N 18°26′E / 43.867°N 18.433°E / 43.867; 18.433
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
 • Municipal mayorIbrahim Hadžibajrić (NBL)
 • Total514 km2 (198 sq mi)
 • Total36,976
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+387 33


The municipality of Stari Grad is characterized by its many religious structures, and examples of unique Bosnian architecture. The eastern half of Stari Grad consists of the Ottoman influenced sectors of the city, while the western half showcases an architecture and culture that arrived with Austria-Hungary, symbolically representing the city as a meeting place between East and West.

The population of Stari Grad is 36,976, making it the least populous of Sarajevo's four municipalities. Its population density of 742.5 inhabitants per km² also ranks it last among four. Stari Grad contains numerous hotels and tourist attractions including the Gazi Husrev-beg's Mosque, Emperor's Mosque, and the Sarajevo Cathedral.


Stari Grad is marked with number 7 on this map of the Sarajevo Canton.
Stari Grad looking towards Sarajevo


126,598 total


50,744 total

  • Bosniaks - 39,410 (77.66%)
  • Serbs - 5,150 (10.14%)
  • Croats - 1,126 (2.21%)
  • Yugoslavs - 3,374 (6.64%)
  • Others - 1,684 (3.35%)


36,976 total[1]

  • Bosniaks - 32,794 (88.68%)
  • Croats - 685 (1.85%)
  • Serbs - 467 (1.26%)
  • Others - 3,030 (8.19%)


Prior to 1914, the Austro-Hungarians who ruled Sarajevo wanted land in the Sarajevo Old Town district to build a city hall and library.[2] The land had a home on it and, despite offering the owner money, he refused and continued to refuse even when told that he had to move.[2] When the officials threatened him, he moved the house and rebuilt it, piece by piece, on the other side of the Miljacka river, as a way of spiting the officials.[2] The Sarajevo spite house operates today as a restaurant is called "Inat Kuća" which means "Spite House."[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Census of population, households and dwellings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013: Final results" (PDF). Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina. June 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Barnett, Tracy. (June 25, 2006) San Antonio Express-News Honey and blood. Section: Travel; Page 1L.

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