Latin BridgeCurrently Open
- Address: Stari Grad Sarajevo, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: View Point, Bridge, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Latin Bridge - Review
This is a completely unremarkable bridge that spans over the Miljacka (though it’s one of the oldest in the city), except for one startling detail: if you stood at the northern end of the bridge and could look back in time to June 29 1914, then you’d see the event that led to the break out of WWI happen under your very nose! Yep, this is where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. The bridge was briefly named after the assassin Gavrilo Princip.
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Latin Bridge, Sarajevo Reviews
This is of course the bridge very close to where Franz Ferdinand was shot. It was interesting being near to such a historic place. The atmosphere in this part of Sarajevo is very nice and I love this city. If you're a photographer, this is a fairly photogenic spot and I think you'd be silly to not capture this bridge and the area in general.
It really is a privilege to stand in this location. Not because of the heinous act committed here, but because of the realisation of how much changed in the world because of what happened here. This is standing in the place where history shifted, where the world turned. It's a spectacular area. Beautiful buildings. A glorious sense of history. But there is a strong dark undercurrent. I'm a historian. I never indulge in "what might have been" but we do recognise what was. And why. All because of a wrong turn ...
Judging by its foundations, it is the oldest among the preserved bridges in the city. The census of the Sanjak of Bosnia from 1541 mentions the bridge on this spot, built by the leather-worker Hussein, son of Sirmerd. This first bridge seems to have been made of wood, because the court record from 1565 witness that the stone bridge was built here by eminent citizen of Sarajevo Ali Ajni-Beg. A terrible flood on 15 November 1791 badly damaged the bridge and its reconstruction was financed by the Sarajevo merchant Abdulah-aga Briga. Someone worked out that the year when it was rebuilt can be obtained from the numerical values in the word 'Briga' – it is 1213, which by Islamic calendar equals the year of the reconstruction 1798/99.The bridge has four arches and rests on three strong pillars and the embankment; it is built of stone and gypsum and the two relieving openings, 'eyes' in the mass above pillars are so characteristic that they can be seen in the seal of Sarajevo. Because of heavy traffic at the time of Austria-Hungary, the pavements on consoles were added to the bridge.
I recommend visit here with the free walking tour Neno and friends. The guide will tell details about the scheme to kill Archduke Ferdinand.
Historic bridge where 2-nd world war has started. Also called Principov bridge.