Friday, February 17, 2012

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosna / Hercegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Pozdrav iz Sarajeva (Greetings from Sarajevo)

This postcard was made in 2006 by Buco.

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Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Although settlement in the area stretches back to prehistoric times, the modern city arose as an Ottoman stronghold in the 15th century. Sarajevo has attracted international attention several times throughout its history. In 1885 Sarajevo was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to have a full-time electric tram network running through the city, the first being San Francisco, California.  In 1914 it was the site of the assassination of the Archduke of Austria that sparked World War I. Seventy years later, it hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. For nearly four years, from 1992–1996, the city suffered from a siege during the Bosnian War for independence.

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