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City Hall (Vijećnica) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Part of the “Sarajevo assassination” heritage, it is a building of old Sarajevo City Hall, built in 1892-1896.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

Type of WWI-heritage

  • Non-Military Site of World War One Relevance


cca. 56 m x 56 m x 52 m

State of repair/preservation

Burned down by Bosnian Serb army in 1992, it was thoroughly reconstructed in 2014. Protected by state Commission for protection of cultural heritage, as well as by other heritage agencies.

Historical WWI Context

Location of the City hall is part of the “Sarajevo assassination” heritage. It was built during austro-hungarian rule, from 1892 to 1896 in a pseudo-moorish style. It was at the City hall that archduke Franz Ferdinand and countess Sophie Chotek were greeted by the Mayor Fehim effendi Ćurčić and other city and military officials during their visit on June 28th 1914. The two continued their program of official meetings inside the City Hall. Due to the bomb attack, events were behind schedule, and the royal couple left the City Hall five minutes late at 10:45 with a modified plan.

State of legal protection

Old City Hall is protected by the state Commission for protection of cultural heritage, as well as by other heritage agencies.

Kind of cultural use of WWI

Old City Hall is part of “Sarajevo assassination”guided tour.


All days except Mondays, from 10:00 to 20:00 h.

Entrance Fee


Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby


Public Transport

Bike, Car, Taxi, Bus, Tramway

Further information sources

Lyon, James, “The Shots That Started World War One:The Street Corner that Changed the World: A Sunny Sunday In Sarajevo (Part 3)”,

BOGIĆEVIĆ, Vojislav, Sarajevski atentat – Stenogram Glavne rasprave protiv Gavrila Principa i drugova, Izdanje Državnog arhiva BiH, Sarajevo, 1954.

DEDIJER, Vladimir, Sarajevo 1914., Prosveta, Beograd, 1966.

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