Sebilj Fountain | Fontana Sebilj | Sarajevo


Once graced by hundreds of these charming kiosk-like public fountains, today only one stands proudly in Baščaršija Square, serving as the quintessential symbol of the city.

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Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, the tradition of sebilji was brought to Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Ottomans. These structures were more than just architectural marvels; they were essential sources of refreshment for weary travelers, with sebiljdžijas, or caretakers, generously providing free water to parched passersby.


The current Baščaršija Sebilj, a testament to resilience and adaptation, emerged during the Austro-Hungarian era.

A model of the former sebilj on display in the Brusa Bezistan museum


Following the unfortunate demise of its predecessor, built by Mehmed Pasha Kukavica in the 18th century, due to fire, this modern incarnation was meticulously crafted in a pseudo-Moorish style by Aleksandar Wittek and installed in 1913.


Nestled in the heart of Baščaršija, the fountain is more than a mere landmark; it’s a living testament to the city’s past and present.


Surrounded by vibrant shops, quaint cafes, and bustling streets, it remains a focal point for both locals and visitors alike.


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