The old covered bazaar, Bezistan, which was erected in the heart of Baščaršija in 1551 by Rustem Pasha, Grand Vizier to Suleiman the Magnificent, is now home to an annex of the Museum of Sarajevo, where visitors can view the museum’s permanent exhibits.
The displays in this annex are divided into three chronological periods – prehistory, antiquity (which features the oldest example of the lily motif in BiH) and the middle ages. Bezistan’s gallery includes items from the Ottoman period, such as valuable pieces of weaponry used by Ottoman soldiers, and the period of Austro-Hungarian rule in Sarajevo.
The display that attracts the most attention at Brusa Bezistan is the model of “Old Čaršija”, the trading and merchant center of Ottoman Sarajevo.
The original model, which shows the city as it was right before Austro-Hungarian occupation, was created by master modeler, Husein Karišik, in the 1950s.