We visited Sarajevo 20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo and realized it’s a city that is still very much in recovery. Although it seems nearly impossible to visit Sarajevo without at least some knowledge of the war that occurred there, it would be equally impossible to go and not notice the marks left from almost four years of fighting

20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo: A photo essay

We visited Sarajevo 20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo and realized it’s a city that is healing slowly and is still very much in the recovery process.

And that happened right before our very eyes in Europe...  "Bosnian parliament building burns after being hit by Serbian tank fire during the Siege of Sarajevo."

And that happened right before our very eyes in Europe. "Bosnian parliament building burns after being hit by Serbian tank fire during the Siege of Sarajevo.

We visited Sarajevo 20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo and realized it’s a city that is still very much in recovery. Although it seems nearly impossible to visit Sarajevo without at least some knowledge of the war that occurred there, it would be equally impossible to go and not notice the marks left from almost four years of fighting. Everywhere we looked, we saw reminders of war; bullet holes in buildings, hillside graveyards and heartbreaking monuments.

20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo: A photo essay

We visited Sarajevo 20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo and realized it’s a city that is healing slowly and is still very much in the recovery process.

A father's hands press against the window of a bus carrying his tearful son and wife to safety during the Siege of Sarajevo, November 10, 1992 -

A father's hands press against the window of a bus carrying his tearful son and wife to safety during the Siege of Sarajevo, November 10, 1992 -

A father’s hands press against the window of a bus carrying his tearful son and wife to safety from the besieged city of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War on November (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

Edna O'Brien The Little Red Chairs Siege of Sarajevo

Former Republic of Yugoslavia conflict during the

During the Siege of Sarajevo, early 1990s.

During the Siege of Sarajevo, early 1990s.

Cellist Vedran Smailovic breaks down in tears after playing a requiem to a dead friend at Hero’s Cemetery, where Bosnian fighters were buried during the siege of Sarajevo in 1992.

Cellist Vedran Smailovic breaks down in tears after playing a requiem to a dead friend at Hero’s Cemetery, where Bosnian fighters were buried during the siege of Sarajevo in [Credit : Tom Stoddart/Getty Images]

"Who would have thought that Sarajevo is such a magnificent city? :) Well, probably the people who've made their research. Unfortunately I just skipped a few articles, admired the first page of the​ Google images results and booked my flight. It wasn't necessarily bad however, because through this I could be throughtfull positively surprised by Sarajevo. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is known through three instances.  This was the place, where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which…

"Who would have thought that Sarajevo is such a magnificent city? :) Well, probably the people who've made their research. Unfortunately I just skipped a few articles, admired the first page of the​ Google images results and booked my flight. It wasn't necessarily bad however, because through this I could be throughtfull positively surprised by Sarajevo. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is known through three instances. This was the place, where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which…

Ratko Mladic arrested: the Srebrenica massacre, the siege of Sarajevo and the   Bosnian war.

Ratko Mladic: the Srebrenica massacre, the siege of Sarajevo and the Bosnian war

Ratko Mladic arrested: the Srebrenica massacre, the siege of Sarajevo and the Bosnian war.

Vedran Smajlović performs in Sarajevo’s partially destroyed National Library in 1992. Smailović became famous by taking his cello into the streets of Sarajevo during the siege. Regularly playing his cello in ruined buildings during the siege of Sarajevo, most notably performing Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor. He protested against violence and murder by playing during bombings and funerals. He left the city in 1993 and did not play again in his hometown until April 2012.

The cellist of Sarajevo, Vedran Smailovic, playing in partially destroyed national

REMEMBERING THE DEAD: Thousands of red chairs lined the main street of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday(April 6). One for each victim, 11,541 empty red chairs were set up to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo and the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. -WSJ-

REMEMBERING THE DEAD: Thousands of red chairs lined the main street of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday(April One for each victim, empty red chairs were set up to commemorate the anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo and the start of the Bosnian war in -WSJ-

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Siege of Sarajevo:  More than 10,000 people were killed during the siege of Sarajevo which began in 1992 and lasted over three and a half years. Here Zimeta Smaic (left) and family members cry as a relative is evacuated from Sarajevo State Hospital, 30 April 1994. Photograph by Peter Northall/Associated Press.

Siege of Sarajevo: More than 10,000 people were killed during the siege of Sarajevo which began in 1992 and lasted over three and a half years. Here Zimeta Smaic (left) and family members cry as a relative is evacuated from Sarajevo State Hospital, 30 April 1994. Photograph by Peter Northall/Associated Press.

During our visit to Sarajevo, we often struggled to see past the remnants of the war that occurred 20 years ago. The four-year long Siege of Sarajevo, no doubt, took a toll on the city. However, Sarajevo has many sights that are not related to the dark times of war. From historic landmarks to breathtaking landscapes, the Sarajevo sights are absolutely captivating.

Sarajevo sights: Old Town, religions, landscapes

From historic landmarks to mosques and churches to breathtaking landscapes, the Sarajevo sights are absolutely captivating.

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