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Academy of Fine Arts – Architecture and gallery

During theĀ Austro-Hungarian occupation there was a need to build evangelistic church in Sarajevo. So the first and only evangelistic church in the city was built on the coast of the river in 1899. After the First World War, the need for churches decreased and the building lost its purpose. In 1981, they renovated the building and it became home for the Academy of Fine arts.

Today it still serves as place for teaching art and as a gallery. It is in the city center andĀ in front of it is Festina Lente bridge, designed to make you slow down and observe life around you. The bridge will point you to the main door that is also the entrance to the gallery. Here there are exhibitions of regional as well as foreign artists but it also serves as a place to host students’ exams who are in their last year of studying. All these exams are open for everyone to come and are in the form of an exhibition. Sadly, there’s no specific schedule for them published, so I guess it depends on your luck if you stumble upon them or not. However, for everything else you can check on the academy’s website.

If you are just going to see the architecture or even take photographs, maybe the most interesting time to go would be at nighttime. The building has specially designed lighting that makes it very interesting after the sun goes down.

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Obala Maka Dizdara 3, Sarajevo

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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)