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Trg Grge Martica, Sarajevo, Bosna i Hercegovina, 2018[open in full screen]  

 
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The area around the Cathedral of Jesus' Sacred Heart is called Trg Fra Grge Martića. It is just steps away from the Bascarsija [see our previous square] important pedestrianized area in the old city of Sarajevo.

During the Ottoman period there was a Janissary headquarters here which would later be turned into an inn and a military storehouse following the abolition of these infantry units in the first half of the 19th century.

  It seems the facility was knocked down even before Austro-Hungarian occupation because it was not included in the city map from 1879.

Austro-Hungarian authorities had originally intended to build a market here, but plans were changed, so construction on the cathedral, as designed by Josip Vancaš, began in 1884 and was completed in 1887. At one time, part of the square on the south side was called Kapija, after the gate that was located here. Square around the cathedral was at that time called Crkveni Trg [Church square].

 

In 1919, the square was named after Fra Grga Martić, a Franciscan friar who served, for some time, as a parish priest in Sarajevo. He was also a fierce supporter of the Illyrian Movement. In April 2014, there was an unveiling of a huge statue of Pope John Paul II in front of the cathedral.

In any way smooth transition from the oriental atmosphere in Bascarsija is not preparing you for this square, it looks like from different world!?

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