Type: Architecture, Historical
Morića Han (inn) is Sarajevo’s only remaining caravanserai, a place where merchant caravans could find accommodation during the Ottoman period.
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The inn’s sleeping quarters could accommodate a caravan with 300 travelers and 70 horses. The room belonging to the handžija (the man who ran the inn) was right above the main entrance, the ground level served as a space for horses and goods and there were rooms for the musafirs (travelers) upstairs, as well as a large coffeehouse.
The facility also served as a place where Sarajevo elite and artisans would often gather. Morića Han’s coffeehouse became so important that it is even mentioned in sevdalinka lyrics.
An inn was usually named after its keeper, so this han took its name after Mustafa Aga Morić, son of Ibrahim Aga, and one of the famous Morić brothers.
Today, Morića Han is home to a few cafés and shops, as well as a restaurant which serves traditional Bosnian food.