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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2. Graffiti on the track


Courtesy: Bob Ramsak / piran café

3. The bobsled track


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4. A detail of the bobsled track


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5. A graveyard in the sports complex


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6. Damaged hope


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7. Igman Olympic Jumps


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

Mount Igman

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


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10. Inside view of restaurant

Restaurant Inside

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Credit: Smithsonian