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 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 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.
In conjunction with this display, visitors can now make use of an interactive 3D model of Ottoman Sarajevo and obtain information on specific objects by selecting items on the screen.