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Type: Architecture, Historical
Hadžihalilovića Villa, which belonged to the prominent Sarajevo Hadžihalilović family, was built in the 1920s in what was once a village and is now the neighborhood, Dobrinja.
Reservations are recommended
Back then, when it was built, life in Sarajevo followed the seasons – winter was spent in the bazaars and city neighborhoods and during the spring, landowners would go off to their property on the outskirts of town.
The villa was preserved and maintained by three generations of Hadžihalilovićs and became famous far and wide for its extensive library of oriental materials.
The building covers an area of 220 m2 (with its ground floor and first floor) and includes two greeting rooms and two reception halls, a kitchen, bathroom, storage area and spiral stairs which connect the two levels. There is also a small oriental-style balcony.
Given the fact that this building was on the front line during the last war, it was severely devastated, and the villa’s library was also badly damaged.
Renovation got underway in 2006 and the Hadžihalilovića Villa was opened to the public in 2008.
The building has retained its original dimensions and shape, and there is a lovely garden around the villa that has domestic varieties of plants and flowers, as well as a fountain and a partially covered outdoor patio.
These days, the villa is primarily used as a place for different cultural manifestations and gatherings for young people and this cultural monument also serves as the main office for