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Jan
12
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This was the 4th museum in a row I went to and it was a particular sign outside that caught my attention otherwise by anyone’s standards I was pretty well museum’d  out.  The big attraction for me was my favourite type of artwork; Impressionism and the rather tempting sign outside:Normandy/The birth of Impressionism made this a done deal. So firstly a...
Jan
11
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Zagreb City Museum – surprisingly good!

Zagreb City Museum – surprisingly good! Even if you aren’t a museum buff the Zagreb City Museum is surprisingly good and its situated close to St. Marks sq and not far from the Museum of Naive Art and the Museum of broken relationships so all three if you aren’t musuem’d out are doable in a few hours.  The museum building once housed Nuns belonging to the order of the Poor Clare’s and...
Jan
10
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Museum of Broken Relationships – we’ve all been there.

Museum of Broken Relationships – we’ve all been there. Well most of us have had some issue,or been a victim of a broken relationship, but I will spare you the boring details of my own encounters. This excellent museum is situated just minutes from St. Marks church and even if you have never been a victim of unrequited love the true stories on display will not leave you unmoved. The museum is not large but there is plenty of...
Jan
5
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St. Marks Square – Chocolate box church and Croatian parliament

St. Marks Square – Chocolate box church and Croatian parliament St. Marks Square is one of the most scenic squares that I have ever seen with its cobblestones, chocolate box church and the Croatian parliament. It would be impossible to mess the very colourful roman catholic church; St Marks. Dating back to the 13th century. One of the most striking features of the church are its emblems. On the north west wall of the church sits the...
Dec
15
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Sarajevo Library – another victim of the siege

Sarajevo Library – another victim of the siege Sarajevo Library (Vijecnica) was yet another casualty of a city that was under siege and bombardment for three years. The original library was built at the end of the 19th century and was one of the most impressive structures in the Austro-Hungarian empire, serving as its city hall until 1949 when it was converted into the National Library. On August 25th 1992 the...
Dec
14
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Museum Sarajevo 1878-1918 – Where it all started

Museum Sarajevo 1878-1918 – Where it all started This small museum stands on the exact corner just across from the Latin Bridge where Gavrilo Princip shot the archduke Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant  wife Sophia on June 28, 1914 which consequently triggered the events that lead to the First World War.  The Archduke had dodged an earlier attempt at his life when a grenade thrown at his carriage had missed him only by...
Dec
13
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Jewish Sarajevo

Jewish Sarajevo Jews in Sarajevo date back to the 16th century when they first arrived from Salonika. Over the centuries their numbers grew and by the Second World War they numbered between 8-12,000. The Holocaust had a deadly impact and 85% of the community perished. Many of the survivors emigrated to Israel. The year 1965 marked 400 years of Jewish presence in Bosnia and the old...
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