Svrzo’s House: a story of Bosnian enjoyment Latest news from BiH...
Located in Sarajevo, this 18th century house-museum provides a unique glimpse into
beautiful Ottoman architecture in B&H, as well as the lifestyle of an urban Muslim family.
It is a valuable jewel of Bosnian sociocultural heritage, and it reveals details about traditions
and a certain way of life – one utterly different to our contemporary styles of living.
It was built by the distinguished Bosnian family Glođo. When there was no male heir, the house was passed through marriage to another distinguished family – Svrzo.
The house is emblematic of the architecture of this era, particularly since it is divided into a public sector (selamluk) and a family one (haremluk).
First opened to the public in 1960s, Svrzo’s house was renovated in 1997 and in 2005.
The Sarajevo Museum has published a monograph on the house, both in Bosnian and English.
There is a famous story about Svrzo himself. After running all his errands of the day, he would immensely enjoy in “meza” or meze, i.e. a selection of small dishes such as beef jerky that are served at the beginning of a larger meal or to compliment a drink.
According to the tale, when he didn’t have any meat or other common meze dishes, he would indulge in a clementine or other fruit.
And, if he had no fruit – he would simply smell roses!
This story transmits a key element of the Bosnian lifestyle: the importance of enjoyment.
Whether it is the scent of a rose to make your drink sweater, or a morning cup of finely pulverised Bosnian coffee,
or perhaps a light stroll down Wilson’s Lane in autumn – one thing is certain.
In Bosnia, enjoyment is a form of art and it is the little things that bring the most of it.
Visit Bosnia with us for an authentic experience of Bosnian enjoyment!