Kemal Sayar’s Sarajevo

August 2014

WE ASKED PSYCHIATRIST PROF. DR. KEMAL SAYAR ABOUT SARAJEVO, HERZE-GOVINA’S CAPITAL AND LARGEST CITY, THE “JERUSALEM OF EUROPE”.

Kemal Sayar’s Sarajevo

How did you come to know Sarajevo?
When I went to the reopening of the Mostar Bridge, which was destroyed in the war, I had an opportunity to tour the whole country.

What are three reasons to go to Sarajevo?
To imbibe the living Ottoman culture there, to feel right at home in the heart of Europe, and to recite the al-Fatiha Sura of the Quran for the souls of the martyrs who lost their lives there and of Alija Izetbegović, the country’s first president.

What does Sarajevo mean to you?
Oppression, innocence and rebirth from the ashes. A struggle to survive, waged under the spiritual leadership of a great man by a nation that was a victim of ruthless oppression. The never-to-be-forgotten rediscovery of roots and succor through war.

What should one eat in Sarajevo?
One should eat the kofta, and beurek of course - there’s nothing like them in the world - all washed down with the local mineral water.