Olympics are a celebration of hope and brotherhood, which is why most Olympic villages around the world are nothing less than holy places – modern Meccas – for sportspersons. In spite of holding a platform of such an importance, Olympic Villages could also pose as an outstanding example of a country’s decay – civic, moral, cultural or political. Sarajevo is home to one such Olympic Village. This war ravaged capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina was at the centre of a siege deemed as the longest in the history of modern warfare. The 3 year, 10 months, 3 weeks and 3 days siege between April 5, 1992, and February 29, 1996, left Sarajevo in ruin; the Olympic village, built in 1984 for the Winter Olympics, was one casualty.

1. A restaurant in the village

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Courtesy of Flickr user Sarah Barrow

2. Graffiti on the track

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Courtesy: Bob Ramsak / piran café

3. The bobsled track

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Courtesy of Flickr user Gabriel Hess

4. A detail of the bobsled track

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Courtesy: Bob Ramsak / piran café

5. A graveyard in the sports complex

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Courtesy: MSGT Michael J. Haggerty via DefenseImagery.mil

6. Damaged hope

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Courtesy: Hedwig Klawuttke via Wikimedia


7. Igman Olympic Jumps

Igman

Courtesy: Xe0us via Wikimedia

8. Mount Igman, venue of the alpine, Nordic and ski jumping events

Mount Igman

Courtesy of Flickr user aidaweb101

9. Skenderija, a cultural and sport centre built in 1969, and later used in 1984

Skenderija

Courtesy of Flickr userjaimi.silva

10. Inside view of restaurant

Restaurant Inside

Courtesy of Flickr user Sarah Barrow

Credit: Smithsonian

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