Sebilj in Sarajevo

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Sebilj in 2016 after main square reconstruction in 2015.
General information
Town or citySarajevo
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates43°51′35″N 18°25′52″E / 43.859674°N 18.431218°E / 43.859674; 18.431218
Design and construction
Architect(s)Mehmed Pasha Kukavica

The Sebilj is an Ottoman-style wooden fountain (sebil) in the centre of Baščaršija Square in Sarajevo built by Mehmed Pasha Kukavica in 1753. It was relocated by Austrian architect Alexander Wittek in 1891.[1] According to local legend, visitors who drink water from this fountain will return to Sarajevo someday.[2]


A multi-national collaborative public arts project created a life-size contemporary interpretation of the famous public fountain and landmark in Birmingham, using traditional Bosnian design and craft techniques and combined with modern digital technology.[3][4][5]

There is a replica of Sarajevo's Sebilj in Belgrade, Serbia, donated by the city of Sarajevo in 1989.[6] Another replica in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States, was donated by the Bosnian community to the city of St. Louis for the city's 250th birthday.[7] A third replica is in Novi Pazar, also a gift from the city of Sarajevo. In Bursa, Turkey a replica of Sarajevo’s Sebilj was built as a symbol of friendship between the city of Bursa and the city of Sarajevo.

In 2018, another replica of the Sebilj has been completed in the city of Rožaje, Montenegro.


  1. ^ Clancy, Tim (2007). Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Bradt Travel Guide. ISBN 9781841621616.
  2. ^ Steves, Rick; Hewitt, Cameron (10 July 2018). Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia. ISBN 9781641710060.
  3. ^ "Sebilj: An Arabic word for a kiosk-shaped public fountain". Archived from the original on January 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ Tourist Organization of Belgrade – Sebilj Fountain Archived 2013-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ St. Louis Bosnians -

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