The Sebilj fountain, an ornamental drinking fountain meant for the public, is located at the Bascarsija Square of Sarajevo and currently serves as a prime symbol of the city.
This is due to the fact that at one time, one could find hundreds of Sebiljs in Sarajevo. It is believed that the custom of building sebiljs was introduced to Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Ottoman rule. This explains the oriental gazebo like structure of the sebiljs. The workers who manned the sebiljs were known as Sebiljdzija.
Many believe that the present Sebilj on the Bascarsija Square dates back to 1891. However, the fact is that the 1891 sebilj, designed by Pasha Kukavica, got badly damaged during a fire and was subsequently knocked down.
The present sebilj, built following the design of Alexander Wittek, was installed in 1913 and stands a few meters away from the earlier Kukavica sebilj.Places nearby:
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