Eternal flame (Sarajevo)

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Eternal flame
Vječna vatra
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The Eternal flame in Sarajevo
For the military and civilian victims of the Second World War in Sarajevo
Established 6 April 1946 (1946-04-06)
Location 43°51′31.90″N 18°25′18.70″E / 43.8588611°N 18.4218611°E / 43.8588611; 18.4218611

The Eternal flame (Bosnian: Vječna vatra) is a memorial to the military and civilian victims of the Second World War in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The memorial was dedicated on 6 April 1946, the first anniversary of the liberation of Sarajevo from the four-year-long occupation by Nazi Germany and the Independent State of Croatia.

The memorial is located in the center of Sarajevo at the corner the Marshall Tito street and the main Sarajevo pedestrian street, Ferhadija.

In the very early morning of Sunday, 2 January 2011, the Vječna vatra was extinguished by (or self-extinguished before) a gathering of revellers, who quickly scattered. The flame was reignited less than 20 seconds later by a passing tourist.[citation needed]

Inscription[edit]

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian English
Hrabrošću I Zajednički Prolivenom
Krvlju Boraca Bosansko-Hercegovačkih,
Hrvatskih, Crnogorskih I Srpskih Brigada
Slavne Jugoslavenske Armije, Zajedničkim
Naporima I Žrtvama Sarajevskih Rodoljuba
Srba, Muslimana I Hrvata 6 Aprila 1945
Oslobođeno Je Sarajevo Glavni
Grad Narodne Republike Bosne I Hercegovine
Vječna Slava I Hvala Palim Junacima
za Oslobođenje Sarajeva I Naše Otažbine
O Prvoj Godišnjici Svoga Oslobođenja
Zahvalno Sarajevo
With Courage and the Jointly Spilled
Blood of the Fighters of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian,
Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian Brigades
of the Glorious Yugoslav National Army; with
the Joint Efforts and Sacrifices of Sarajevan Patriots
Serbs, Muslims and Croats on the 6th of April 1945
Sarajevo, the Capital City of the People's Republic
of Bosnia and Herzegovina was liberated.
Eternal Glory and Gratitude to the Fallen Heroes
of the liberation of Sarajevo and our Homeland,
On the First Anniversary of its Liberation--
a Grateful Sarajevo

Gallery[edit]

Coordinates: 43°51′31.90″N 18°25′18.70″E / 43.8588611°N 18.4218611°E / 43.8588611; 18.4218611