Sarajevo’s War Tunnel

Sarajevo War Tunnel

The Sarajevo War Tunnel is a relic from the recent Bosnian War in the 1990s. During the war, the city was put under siege by the Serbian Army and began to suffer from lack of food, water and other resources. During different points in the war, the tunnel was used to transport arms, people, water and even electricity. At some point, a rail cart type system was installed in the tunnel to make transportation easier.

The ceiling of the tunnel is a lot lower than you would expect. At 5’6 I still had to crouch significantly at parts. I can imagine how difficult it must have been to carry supplies through the tunnel for long distances. However, considering the entire system was built in secret by volunteers during a war, its pretty impressive.

During the war the tunnel was over 3000 ft. Today, only a small portion of that still remains. One entrance of the original tunnel, as well as the portion of tunnel is open as a museum in a small neighborhood near Sarajevo. In addition to walking through the tunnel, visitors can also see photos from the war and see a video which depcits the creation of the tunnel as well as documentation of the city residents using the tunnel.

Sarajevo War Tunnel Entrance

Sarajevo War Tunnel Entrance

It is possible to visit the tunnel on your own by hiring a cab. Make sure to ask him to wait for you while you visit the museum because the area were the tunnel is located is fairly remote.

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One Response to Sarajevo’s War Tunnel

  1. I am Brazilian, I never ate in Bosnia and other Eastern European nation. One of my dreams is to visit this nation to improve the English language, learning the native language of you and contribute my knowledge and technical college in healthcare.
    I love the music, culture, geography, nature, geopolitical, cultural diversity, the historicity and the architecture of this region. I love it too! I really want to spend a great time in these regions, one day, if I get funding for iso.
    By knowing the culture that represents the nation of you today, I was moved enough by the tragedy of war, even if it has absolutely nothing to do with her and the people of you. See these pictures of tunnels, the “snipers” with lives of liquidating apartment windows, see bombs severing people, families and hopes to see it all in videos and photos left me with an inexplicable feeling, I lived it all seems.
    I’m glad it’s over. And I wish that the day to day lives of all of you (whether Bosnians, Croats, Serbs, Montenegrins, Turks and other nations living in this country) are in harmony.
    And soon, I long to know this region and learn many life lessons.
    Stay with God.
    Rogério Mello.

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