Sebilj is a wooden fountain located in the heart of Baščaršija, the old town of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was built in the 18th century during the Ottoman Empire and is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.
The word “sebilj” is derived from the Arabic word “sabil”, which means “way” or “path”. Sebilj was traditionally used as a place where people could stop and rest while traveling, as well as a source of fresh water.
The original Sebilj was destroyed in a fire in 1852, and the current structure was built in 1891. It is made of wood and features intricate carvings and Islamic geometric patterns. The roof of the Sebilj is supported by eight wooden pillars, and the fountain is surrounded by benches where visitors can sit and enjoy the view of the busy Baščaršija square.
Sebilj is not only a historical landmark, but it is also a popular meeting place for locals and tourists. It is said that if you drink water from the fountain, you will return to Sarajevo in the future.