Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovaci, Sarajevo

Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovaci, Sarajevo

Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovaci is the main cemetery for those who were killed in the Yugoslav Wars from 1991 to 2001. The cemetery was primarily used as the final resting place for the soldiers of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina who were killed during the conflict.

During the war, the city was plagued by snipers and grenade fire that averaged more than 300 grenades per day. Nearly 12,000 residents were killed during the Yugoslav wars, including 1,500 children. Many of the victims of this violence are buried in the Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovaci.

In addition to civilian victims, the former Yugoslav president Alija Izetbegovic is buried in the Kovaci cemetery. The cemetery is sometimes referred to as the Shahid Cemetery due to its historic Islamic roots. Some of the oldest tombs date to the 15th century.

The cemetery is open 24 hours. The lack of proper lighting makes the cemetery best viewed during daylight.

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Sight Name: Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovaci
Sight Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (See walking tours in Sarajevo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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