“There is no better drink than water is” -the old proverb says. You will not believe it, but citizens of Sarajevo, after a long absence from the country,prefer to drink plain water from the tap than any other drinks.
Public fountains with drinking water are unusual and decorative symbols of Sarajevo for already several centuries. These “lifeline” serve primarily for the local population, but also for traveler to stop and drink the fresh, cold water and to continue his trip. As Sarajevo is situated in the valley, many settlements are scattered throughout the hilly and high areas without drinking water, so those taps served to have fresh water at any time. Since there are many public fountains in Sarajevo, there are many stories and legends about them, as well. Some fountains were the motives of various souvenirs, while some found their place on the canvases and works of art. They testify to the old tradition and to represent a significant monument in the cultural heritage of Bosnia and Hercegovina. According to the historical records of the Archives of Sarajevo, during the late 19th century, there were 152 public fountains in the city. Now there are only 30. Fountains slowly disappear and perish. City authorities in 1995 decided to restore and repair some of them. The program of reconstruction of the old fountains include a total of 41, which had to be reconstructed and restored. According to this program, many neglected and decayed fountains have been restored. The most famous Sarajevo fountain is certainly Sebilj at Baščaršija, which was renovated in 2006. From this part of the city there is a famous saying, “Whoever drinks the water from Bascarsija, constantly returns to Sarajevo.” During 2006, thanks to the city authorities Bistrica fountain have been restored.
Restoration of public fountains called Theresa in the old town hall Toka-Dzeka, completed at the end of 2015 years. This fountain is of great importance for this part of the city, because hilly settlements such as Bistrik, Jarčedoli Mahmutovac, Sirokaca, Bostarić, Komatin, Soukbunar and beyond have water supplies. Fountains are natural source of drinking water. Another oddity is related to the fountain Theresa, is the fact this fountain have been restored thanks to the personal donation of local resident of Sarajevo in memory of her mother. Many fountains in the city have also restored thanks to the personal donations of residents of Sarajevo: The fountain in Ulomljenica, on Bjelave, Abdesthana, Feredžuša, Jedileri, Balibegovica, Vrbanjuša,a fountain in Požegina Street and White fountain.
Either way, the fountain were unusual and the undisputed symbol of the city. We sincerely hope that it will remain so.