Sarajevo Trams: Symbol of City That Survived During Most Difficult Moments

tramvajCatalan media made a short report on trams in Sarajevo, one of the oldest tram systems in Europe.

In the introduction, Catalans describe Sarajevo as the capital and most populous city in B&H, which is particularly known for its trams that have become a symbol for the city on the Miljacka.

‘’The tram system in Sarajevo began long ago in 1885, during Austro-Hungarian rule. Today, the tram tracks and the trams have a special meaning because they did not stop running during the war’’, writes magazine Mirall.

‘’It seems incredible, but the trams did not stop running during the three-year occupation of the city. It was running on 5 April 1992 when snipers killed Suada Dilbegović and Olga Sučić, the first victims of the war. They did not stop running when a mortal shell killed 68 and injured 144 people on Markale market. The trams did not stop running when the Vice-President of B&H Hakrija Turajlić was killed. Neither did it stop running on 29 February 1996, when the war was declared officially over and when a sniper killed one woman while she was waiting for the tram’’, writes magazine Mirall.

Today, tens of thousands of citizens use this mode of transportation and without it, Sarajevo would not be what it is today. There are still some visible signs of the scars of the siege on some trams today.

(Source: klix.ba)

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