Alifakovac Cemetery, Sarajevo

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Alifakovac is a neighborhood in Babića bašća local community, municipality of Stari Grad, Sarajevo. As one of the oldest urban settlements in Sarajevo, it is situated on the spine of the northern end of the slope Trebević, on the lowest hill in the row at the last meander of Miljacka, before it pours out of its narrow canyon. Ever since people settled this part of land roads to Tsargrad, across the Kozja ćuprija, went through it. An abandoned village by the road was found in the 15th century by the Ottomans when they conquered Bosnia. It is believed that there was a smaller necropolis of stećci, which with the arrival of Ottomans became again an active cemetery. Today it is one of the biggest and most beautiful cemeteries in Sarajevo.
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  • The war cemetary in Sarajevo is very sad and a reminder of the Bosnian war which was not that long ago. It is worth a detour to pay your respects to those who lost their lives for wrong reasons...  more »
  • I walked past this cemetry every day on my way into town from my apartment in Vratnik and found is very moving. It is actually in two parts - the old Ottoman graves can be seen on one side and the...  more »
  • Beautiful view of the city from this peaceful place
  • Alifakovac Cemetery is found in the neighborhood of the same name on the left bank of the Miljacka River. Both take their name from Ali Faqih, the Islamic jurist and scholar who lived during the 15th century and who served as a witness when the Vakufnama (deed of endowment) was drawn up by Isa Bey Ishaković in 1462. This document is considered Sarajevo’s “birth certificate”. Starting in the 15th century, the cemetery was the final resting place for influential Sarajevans, as well as for foreigners who passed away on their journey through Sarajevo. It is for this reason that it is also called the Musafir (foreigner, traveler) Cemetery. In the center of the cemetery there are two tombs (turbes) with columns, where Muhamed Jahjaefendić, the son of Ahmed, a Sarajevo high judge at that time, and Commander Jusuf Pasha Ćuprilić were interred. The cemetery contains more than 500 tombstones with epitaphs written in Arabic.
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