Monday 26 January 2015

Sarajevo's City Hall returns to its old glory

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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. Sarajevo's City Hall, a stately neo-Moorish edifice marked by the violence of two 20th-century wars, has returned to its old glory after being destroyed by Serb shelling during the siege of the city in 1992. The building, first opened in 1896, has been restored to mark the centenary of the start of World War One and will house the national and university libraries, the city council and a museum about its own history. Picture taken May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. Sarajevo's City Hall, a stately neo-Moorish edifice marked by the violence of two 20th-century wars, has returned to its old glory after being destroyed by Serb shelling during the siege of the city in 1992
Sarajevo's City Hall, a stately neo-Moorish edifice marked by the violence of two 20th-century wars, has returned to its old glory after being destroyed by Serb shelling during the siege of the city in 1992
A combination photo shows a woman standing in the destroyed National Library hall after shelling in the besieged Bosnian capital of Sarajevo
A graceful pseudo-Moorish building and a source of civic pride, the hall was burned out in Serb fire in August 1992, nearly 100 years after it was built
The restored National Library is seen in Sarajevo
The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo
The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo
The Bosnian Serb 43-month siege of Sarajevo from 1992-95 was Europe's longest after World War Two
Sarajevo's City Hall, a stately neo-Moorish edifice marked by the violence of two 20th-century wars, has returned to its old glory after being destroyed by Serb shelling during the siege of the city in 1992
he re-opening of the city's beloved Vijecnica is one in a series of events that will mark the centenary of the start of World War One, triggered by the June 28, 1914 killing of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia in Sarajevo
Sarajevo's landmark 19th century city hall-turned-National Library will re-open on May 9, 2014 with its old glory fully restored, after it was reduced to rubble by Serb shelling in the summer of 199
The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo
The building, first opened in 1896, has been restored to mark the centenary of the start of World War One and will house the national and university libraries, the city council and a museum about its own history

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