1st Istanbul International Geography Congress Proceedings Book
The valorization of architectural heritage from the Ottoman Period in the Sarajevo Tourist RegionAida Bıdžan Gekıć, Haris Gekıć
The Sarajevo tourist region is extremely rich in architectural heritage with touristic value from the Ottoman period. In this area, Baščaršija and its surroundings can be distinguished in particular, featuring many Islamic residential and sacral objects. If cultural and religious events are to be included in this valorization, we can safely speak of an enormous tourist potential for this tourism region. It is the center for cultural tourism, not only in this area but also throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and even beyond. This paper presents the most important objects of architectural heritage and the events that took place in them in the Sarajevo tourist region, their valorization, and their potential for exploitation for tourist purposes. Moreover, tourist traffic and the accommodation capacity of this tourism region are presented. Finally, conclusions are drawn regarding how these unique yet poorly protected and exploited phenomena can be managed to allow them to remain the same for future generations.