Received in early August 2013 from my Hong Kong friend. Thanks a lot! :)
This place is really of historical importance – it reminds me of my history class at secondary school. :P
Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an estimated population of 291,422 within administrative borders and 369,534 within the settlement. According to the 2013 Census, the Sarajevo metropolitan area, including Sarajevo Canton and East Sarajevo has 515,012 inhabitants.
It is also the capital of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina entity, as well as the center of the Sarajevo Canton. Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.
Sarajevo is the leading political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its region-wide influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts contribute to its status as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s biggest and most important economic centre.
In 1885, Sarajevo was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to have a full-time electric tram network running through the city, following San Francisco.
In 1914, it was the site of the assassination of the Archduke of Austria that sparked World War I.
Seventy years later, it hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.
For nearly four years, from 1992 to 1996, the city suffered the longest siege of a city in the history of modern warfare during the Bosnian War for independence.