Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Monday, May 7, 2018

Inside the Sarajevo "Assassination Museum"

Located in the building before which assassin Gavrilo Princip murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the establishment many call the "Assassination Museum" is formally known as the Sarajevo Museum 1878–1918. Its displays cover the period from the Congress of Berlin through the end of the Great War. They examine the Ottoman influence, the administration and annexation by Austria-Hungary, local architecture and culture during the period, and, of course, the assassination and event of the First World War.

Here are some images to give readers a feel for what's on display within.

The Building at the Time of the Assassination

The Archduke Approaches, 28 June 1914

The Museum Today from the Latin Bridge

Museum Gallery

Detail from the Gallery Above

Sarajevo During the Ottoman Period

Fan with Cultural and Historical Themes

Austro-Hungarian Military Maneuvers Conducted Nearby

Another Gallery

Marker at the Location of the Assassination

Images from the website of the Sarajevo Museum 1878–1918 

1 comment:

  1. Prior to the fighting of the 1990s, there was a set of concrete footprints where Princip had been standing when he shot the Archduke and his wife. The footprints have been removed, but during my 2010 visit they were just inside the Museum's entrance.

    Also, the sign behind where Princip had been standing has been altered, with references to nationalism deleted. Today it simply makes a statement of fact of the event of 28 June 1914.

    Steve Miller