Photo: The bridge at Mostar
In 1992, when Yugoslavia collapsed into war, the Serbian troops set up positions in the mist-shrouded hills and laid siege to the city for almost four years. Since the coming of peace, Sarajevo has been repairing the damage at a rapid rate, restoring its singularly graceful melding of Islamic and Western life and culture. Swoop-neck coffeepots, hammered copper trays, carpet stalls in the bazaar, and the echoing calls of the muezzin remind one of Cairo or Fez. Yet this is still Europe, and so the Spanish-tiled roofs have overhanging eaves and the alleys do not meander, but intersect at right angles.
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