Old Jewish Cemetery | Staro Jevrejsko groblje | Sarajevo

…one of the most valuable memorial Jewish complexes in Europe…

Nestled in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Old Jewish Cemetery is a historically significant site with a rich cultural and historical tapestry. It stands as a testament to the enduring Jewish heritage in the region and the vibrant Jewish community that once thrived in Sarajevo.

A Living Chronicle of Time

This historic cemetery, located in the Alifakovac neighborhood, has deep roots dating back to the 16th century. It encompasses a diverse collection of graves that span from the Ottoman era to the present day. With approximately 3,850 tombstones adorned with inscriptions in Hebrew, Ladino, and Bosnian, it offers a tangible connection to centuries of history.

An Architectural and Cultural Kaleidoscope

What truly distinguishes this cemetery is its captivating blend of architectural styles and cultural influences. The tombstones bear witness to a unique fusion of Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish traditions. As you wander through its grounds, you’ll encounter a mesmerizing array of symbols, motifs, and Hebrew inscriptions that reflect the profound cultural heritage and beliefs of the Jewish community.

A Witness to Resilience and Perseverance

The Old Jewish Cemetery is a living testament to the rise and fall of Sarajevo’s Jewish community. During the Ottoman era, Sarajevo’s Jews enjoyed relative tolerance and contributed significantly to the city’s multicultural fabric. Yet, like many European Jewish communities, they faced persecution and the devastating impact of World War II and the Holocaust. The cemetery bears witness to these turbulent chapters in history.

A Cultural and Historical Landmark

Today, the Old Jewish Cemetery stands as a cultural and historical landmark, drawing visitors from around the world who seek to explore Sarajevo’s Jewish heritage. It serves as a place of remembrance and reflection, preserving the memory of the Jewish community and their enduring contributions to the city’s diverse history.

Old Jewish cemetery
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Amanda StephensonAmanda Stephenson
21:33 20 Mar 23
This cemetery was used as a firing line between the two sides in the Bosnian, Serb war. There are many bullet holes in the grave stones. It is an ancient place and rarely used at the moment as there are so few Jewish people left in Sarajevo after WW2.
Daniel LiDaniel Li
22:27 10 Jan 23
Standing amongst the dead, and imagining the usage of heavy weapons and further killing perpetuated there, it really gives a unique perspective on the lack of humanity in Sarajevo during the siege.Beyond that, it is a very nice place. One of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe.
Kathrin NumicKathrin Numic
19:55 17 Oct 22
A place that has played an important role in Sarajevo's recent history, but at the same time is a witness to the city's diverse and multicultural past. The view looking down on Sarajevo is beautiful and despite its past, the Jewish cemetery gave me a calm and peaceful feeling.
entini yuentini yu
15:51 24 Aug 22
A Jewish cemetery, among many Muslim cemeteries characteristic of Sarajevac. It is there and proves the complicated history of this city
Dimas AleixandreDimas Aleixandre
22:45 16 Feb 20
The Old Jewish Cemetery is an example of the religious and cultural diversity of BiH and more specifically of Sarajevo.It's a bit complicated to get there. You have to look at the GPS on your mobile phone, but it's only about 25 minutes walk from the historic center. Many tombstones have inscriptions in Spanish of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in the 17th century, who still retained the Spanish language.It has magnificent views over the city reminiscent of the most famous images of the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s.

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