Historic library in Sarajevo reopened

The library, also knwon as the Vijecnica national library, will continue to hold Open Days up till July 31 everyday between 10.00-17.00 local time.

Historic library in Sarajevo reopened

World Bulletin / News Desk

The National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is referred to as the 'Memory of Srajevo', has reopened its doors to visitors for the first time since it was destroyed by Serb forces in 1992 during the Bosnian war.

The library, also knwon as the Vijecnica national library, will continue to hold Open Days up till July 31 everyday between 10.00-17.00 local time.

Bosnians from both in and out of the country have been flocking to the site to take pictures and look around the building, which has restored their sense of natioanl pride.

Slobodan Stoya, a historian from Sarajevo, took 30 French tourists around the site, explaining its symbolic and historical significance.

The library was built to fit an Andalusian design between 1892-1896 after the region came under the control of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. It was once home to over six million books and archives, as well as works from Bosniak, Serb, Croat and Jewish writers and artists.

In the fire which burned for three days as of August 25, 1992, which ultimately destroyed the building, over 155,000 handwritten works and almost two million books from the national archives vanished.

Restoration was finally complete after 18 years on May 9, 2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Temmuz 2014, 14:13
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