[STREETS & SQUARES OF SARAJEVO] Списак улица и тргови у граду Сарајеву / Spisak ulitza i trgova u gradu Sarayevu [i.e., List of streets and squares in the city of Sarajevo]

[STREETS & SQUARES OF SARAJEVO] Списак улица и тргови у граду Сарајеву / Spisak ulitza i trgova u gradu Sarayevu [i.e., List of streets and squares in the city of Sarajevo]

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N. A.,

Drzavna Stampariya, Sarajevo, 1931.

Original greenish thin and fragile wrappers. Roy. 8vo. (24 x 16 cm). In Serbo-Croatian (Cyrillic). 26 p. Loose wrappers and foxed margins. Overall, a very good copy.

Extremely rare separatum which is reprinted from “Narodnog Yedinstva”, including 456 streets and squares in Sarajevo which are listed under the five titles: “Ordinal numbers, old names, ordinal numbers, present names, and descriptions”. This historically significant pamphlet in terms of etymology and toponyms of the city contains an uncommon urban history of Sarajevo which is a crossroad of many cultures, religions, and ethnicities throughout history.

“Sarajevo was founded by the Ottoman Empire in the 1450s upon its conquest of the region, with 1461 used as the city's founding date. The first Ottoman governor of Bosnia, Isa-Beg Ishaković, transformed the cluster of villages into a city and state capital by building several key structures, including a mosque, a closed marketplace, a hamam, a caravansarai, a bridge, and of course the governor's palace ("saray"), which gave the city its present name in conjunction with “evo”, a derivative of “ova” meaning lowland. The mosque was named "Careva Džamija" (the Emperor's Mosque) in honour of Sultan Mehmed II. With the improvements, Sarajevo quickly grew into the largest city in the region. By the 15th century, the settlement was established as a city, named Bosna-Saraj, around the citadel in 1461.

Following the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the 15th century, and the invitation from the Ottoman Empire to resettle their population, Sephardic Jews arrived in Sarajevo, which over time would become a leading center of Sephardic culture and the Ladino language. Though relatively small, a Jewish quarter would develop over several blocks in Baščaršija.

Many local Christians converted to Islam at this time. To accommodate the new pilgrims on the road to Mecca, in 1541, Gazi Husrev-beg's quartermaster Vekil-Harrach built a pilgrim's mosque which is still known to this day as the Hadžijska Mosque.

In the 1830s, several battles of the Bosnian uprising had taken place around the city. These had been led by Husein Gradaščević. Today, a major city street is named Zmaj od Bosne (Dragon of Bosnia) in his honor. The rebellion failed and for several more decades, the Ottoman state remained in control of Bosnia. The Ottoman Empire made Sarajevo an important administrative centre by 1850. Baščaršija became the central commercial district and cultural centre of the city in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Ishaković founded the town. The toponym Baščaršija derives from the Turkish language.” (Wikipedia).

As of January 2024, we couldn’t trace any copies in the OCLC and KVK.