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  1. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  2. Sarajevo Canton
  3. Sarajevo

Jewish Historical Tour, Sarajevo Haggadah & Jewish Cemetery

Product ID: 32111
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Learn the history of the Jews in Sarajevo from the 16th century onwards, during a 2-hour walking tour of the districts they settled and the synagogues they built. Visit sites of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Pickup included

Pick-up possible on request if your hotel has parking space. Please contact the supplier in advance to arrange this.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the 9 active synagogues that operated before World War II
  • See the eternal flame, still burning today to commemorate the victims of Sarajevo during World War II
  • Discover one of the largest synagogues ever built
  • Go to one of the few surviving Sephardic synagogues in the world
  • Hear facts and figures about the Jewish community in Sarajevo today
  • Learn about the Jewish holidays and traditions that are unique to Sarajevo
  • Visit to the biggest Jewish cemetery in Europe
  • Explore the National Museum and see the original Sarajevo Haggadah
Full description
Explore the history of the Jews in Sarajevo, from the time of their arrival following their persecution in 15th-century Spain, through the torments of World War II, to their unique traditions in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina today.

Throughout the centuries, Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews have provided a great contribution to the development of Sarajevo. During the 16th century they were allowed freedom of movement and lived throughout the city, although the El Cortijo quarter was the site of the first synagogue.

They were among the first pharmacists in the city, and during the 19th century it was recorded that all doctors and physicians in Sarajevo were Jewish.

Among the sites you will visit as you learn more about the history are the Ashkenazi Synagogue on the banks of the River Miljacka, the Il Kal Grande Synagogue in the old Jewish quarter of Velika Avlija, and the Jewish palaces of Ferhadija Street. You will also visit the Jewish cemetery, a UNESCO tentative monument and see the original Sarajevo Haggadah, a UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Admission to the National Museum and visit to Sarajevo Haggadah room
  • Transport and visit to biggest Jewish cemetery in Europe
  • Admission for the Jewish Museum

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Meeting point

Sarajevo Discovery Center, Gazi Husrev begova 46a, inside Gazi Husrev bey library main entrance number 46.

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