The American city of Chicago will be richer by the replica of Sarajevo’s Sebilj, all thanks to Bosnian Nermin Halvadzija.
With the help of his sons, Nermin managed to build a symbol of Sarajevo in the yard in front of his house.
The Sebilj is a pseudo-Ottoman-style wooden fountain located in the centre of Baščaršija square in Sarajevo Old Town. It was built by Mehmed Pasha Kukavica in 1753 and was relocated by Austrian architect Alexander Wittek in 1891.
There is a replica of Sarajevo’s Sebilj in Belgrade, Serbia, donated by the city of Sarajevo in 1989. Another replica in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States, was donated by the Bosnian community to the city of St. Louis for the city’s 250th birthday. A third replica is in Novi Pazar, also a gift from the city of Sarajevo.
How the Sebilj’s replica looks like in Chicago can be seen in the video made by BiH Radio Television (BHRT):