- Written by: Julius Perdana
- Category: Building
If you are in Sarajevo start your day at Sebilj (from Arabic depicting a kiosk-like public fountain) or as visitors frequently call it “the pigeon square”. Sebilj is a wooden fountain built in the centre of Baščaršija square in the 1891 according to the architectural project of Czech architect Alexander Wittek. It is one of the symbols of Sarajevo. There is an interesting legend behind the Sebilj fountain in Sarajevo. It is said that once you drink its waters, you can never leave Sarajevo for too long. Sebilj comes from Arabic word "Sebil" which means "road." Built in a pseudo-Moorish style, Sebilj along with Vijećnica (the City Hall) represents one of the city’s most recognizable symbols.
There used to be another sebilj built in 1754 by Mehmed-pasha Kukavica, but it was burned down in 1852. [Wikipedia]