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Miljacka in Sarajevo

Miljacka in Sarajevo

location Bosnia , Bosnia and Herzegovina
River system Danube
Drain over Bosna  → Save  → Danube  → Black Sea
source south of Pale
muzzle west of Sarajevo in Bosna Coordinates: 43 ° 52 ′ 9 ″  N , 18 ° 17 ′ 28 ″  E, 43 ° 52 ′ 9 ″  N , 18 ° 17 ′ 28 ″  E

length 36 km
Big cities Sarajevo
Latin bridge

Latin bridge

The Miljacka ( Serbian - Cyrillic Миљацка ) is a 36 km long river in Bosnia and Herzegovina . It flows through the capital Sarajevo and is also called the Red River due to its often reddish-brown color . The color suggests a high proportion of red earth, which often accumulates in sinkholes and is considered extremely fertile.

Miljacka valley east of Sarajevo

The Miljacka arises from the confluence of from the Romanija coming -Gebirge Miljacka Mokranjska ( "Miljacka from Mokro") and on the northern slopes of Jahorina springing Miljacka Paljanska ( "Miljacka from Pale just east of") in a ravine Sarajevo's Old Town . Both source rivers and the combined Miljacka form gorges in the limestone that are typical for the region. After exiting the gorge, the Miljacka flows through the entire city center of Sarajevo from east to west. a. the Vijećnica , the Imperial Mosque , the Ashkenazi Synagogue and the Academy of Arts . It then runs parallel to the Zmaja od Bosne avenue , the main traffic axis that was given the inglorious name of Sniper Alley during the siege of the city in the Bosnian War , because civilians who crossed it during this time were shot at from the surrounding hills.

The most famous of the numerous bridges over the Miljacka is the Latin Bridge from Ottoman times, near which the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were shot by the 20-year-old Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914 . This attack is considered to be the trigger for the First World War . The valley of the Miljacka east of the old town hall up to the goat bridge is a popular excursion area for the Sarajevo population.

A few kilometers west of Sarajevo the Miljacka flows into the Bosna .

The popular Bosnian folk singer Halid Bešlić released a love song called Miljacka on his album “Beslic 08” in 2008 , which became a big hit in the successor states of the former Yugoslavia.

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