Historical characters again on the streets of the city as a part of the Sarajevo Reborn project

Take a unique photo with actors representing famous figures from the history of Sarajevo.


With the desire to enrich the cultural and tourist offer of 2021, Obala Art Center is realizing a special program, the acting performance Sarajevo Reborn.

Citizens of Sarajevo Canton, domestic and foreign tourists will have the opportunity to meet actors representing important people from the turbulent past of Bosnia and Herzegovina in locations of exceptional historical value, and to take photos with them.

Actors Fatima Kazazić, Deni Mešić, Filip Radovanović, Enes Salković and Adnan Kreso in authentic replicas of costumes from that time, will be on Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25, 2021, from 18.00 to 20.00 at the following locations: City Hall, Sebilj in Baščaršija, Latin Bridge, Cathedral of the Jesus’ Sacred Heart and Eternal Flame.

The characters represented by the actors are:

Isa–Bey Ishaković

Ottoman soldier and governor who is considered the founder of Sarajevo; the second son of Ishak Bey. The oldest written mention of Sarajevo is found in the Isa-Bey Ishakovic’s Waqfnama (deed of endowment) from 1462 which year is thus considered the year of Sarajevo’s founding. Isa-Bey Ishaković had built numerous key objects in Sarajevo including the water supply system, Isa-Bey’s Zavija (inn and public kitchen), Isa-Bey’s Hammam (public bath house), Kolobara Han (caravanserai), a mosque (the first Islamic place of worship at the site of today’s Emperor’s Mosque), a bridge (not far from today’s Emperor’s Bridge) and watermills on Miljacka river. According to the legend, he is buried in the courtyard of the Emperor’s Mosque in Sarajevo which he had built during his lifetime.

Gazi Husrev–Bey (1480 – 1541)

The founder of the largest endowment (waqf) for the upkeep of Sarajevo and the best-known Sanjak Bey (provincial governor) of Bosnia during Ottoman rule of the country. With a few short interruptions, he ruled over Bosnia from 1521 up until his death in 1541. He is considered the “second founder” of Sarajevo and the greatest and the most significant legator of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He invested his own, significant wealth into various construction projects in Sarajevo turning the city into a major cultural, economic and education hub. He is buried in a mausoleum in the courtyard of the Gazi Husrev-Bey’s Mosque in Sarajevo. The mosque is one of many buildings he had built in Sarajevo during his lifetime.

Gavrilo Princip (1894–1918)

A member of the revolutionary youth organization Young Bosnia (Mlada Bosna) who fired shots that killed the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Duchess Sophie Chotek, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 - shots that sparked World War One. Princip was put on trial and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in the Theresienstadt prison. He escaped death sentence because he was juvenile on the day of his crime. However, he died in prison in 1918 at the age of 24. Princip’s remains were relocated from Theresienstadt to Sarajevo three years after his death.

Franz Ferdinand (1863 – 1914)

Austrian archduke and the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. In his role as inspector general of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces, he visited Bosnia in June 1941 to oversee military maneuvers. On June 28, 1941, near the Latin Bridge in Sarajevo he and his wife Sophie were shot and killed by the then juvenile member of Young Bosnia organization, Gavrilo Princip. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand sparked World War One.

Sophie Maria Josephine Albina Chotek, Duchess von Chotkova und Wognin (1868 - 1914)

A member of a Czech noble family and the wife of Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand, by whom she had three children. She was shot and killed along with her husband in Sarajevo in 1914. A monument to Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, designed by architect Eugen Bory, was erected on the site of the assassination in 1917, but it was torn down a year later. Museum “Sarajevo 1878-1918” is currently located on the site.