Sniper Alley, Sarajevo

Sniper Alley, Sarajevo

Sniper Alley is an informal name for a portion of the main boulevard in Sarajevo. The streets of Zmaja od Bosne (Dragon of Bosnia) and Mesa Selimovic Boulevard were once highly dangerous for civilians. A large number of high-rise buildings provided excellent perches for the snipers that populated the city.

Sniper Alley connected the industrial parts of the city to the Old Town's historical and cultural sites, where many citizens lived. Locals needed to travel these streets despite the danger posed by the numerous snipers. The area had a large number of hand-painted signs warning of the presence of snipers to encourage citizens to find new walking routes.

It is estimated that about 225 people were killed by snipers. More than 1,000 others were wounded by sniper bullets.

Today, the region that was called Sniper Alley just a few decades ago is now home to the Sarajevo University campus, several government offices, the Botanic Gardens, and major museums.

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Sniper Alley on Map

Sight Name: Sniper Alley
Sight Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (See walking tours in Sarajevo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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