Symbol of Sarajevo - City Hall is Back


Two decades after the 1992-1995 war, the symbol of Sarajevo and the witness of the Sarajevo Assassination – the City Hall.    

This spectacular monument was ruined during the Sarajevo Siege and around 90 percent of the library collection disappeared in flames.

 Now, on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Assassination and the Beginning of World War One has been renovated and opened. Vijecnica served as a seat of the Sarajevo city officials, and has always represented the symbol city, period of the Austro Hungarian rule and the perfect blend of East and West.


 Vijecnica was the last place that the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, visited before they were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip. This incident triggered the outbreak of World War One.

By the end of the Second World War, Vijecnica had become a "temple” for culture and the arts – first it housed the City Museum of Sarajevo, then the BiH Academy of Sciences and Arts and finally the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For decades to come, countless students, scholars and tourists enjoyed the building’s ambience...