Sarajevo City Hall Vijećnica was built in 1896. It was initially the largest and most representative building of the Austro-Hungarian period in Sarajevo.
This magnificent object was constructed in a mixture of styles combining historicism and pseudo-Moorish styles.
In 1949 it was handed over to the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In June 1992 it was completely destroyed in the aggression of the Serb forces on Bosnia and Herzegovina. The restoration was finished in June 2014.
The Keys2Rome exhibition will take place in the recently restored building of the City Hall Vijecnica. The hexagonal space of the main aula will accommodate the exhibits and adjoining digital setups, during the first month of the exhibition, while they will be moved in the Sarajevo Museum until the closing of the exhibition.
The exhibition is organized by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Sarajevo, The City of Sarajevo, the Museum of Sarajevo and the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in close collaboration with seventeen other European partners of the V-MusT Network. It features sites of the Roman villa and bathhouse at Ilidža close to Sarajevo, preserved by the Museum of Sarajevo and the National Museum, and the early-Christian basilica of Cim, nearby Mostar.
Together with this exhibition, a major Digital Museum Expo will be organised in October, showing a wider range of digital and virtual museum technologies and providing training and presentations on the creation and use of digital resources for museums. More information can be found at the V-MusT website.
"Keys to Rome" will be exhibited in the Town City Hall, a beautiful historic building located in the center of Sarajevo surrounded by "Obala Kulina Bana", "Telali" and "Brodac" streets. To enter the building, use the main entrance from "Obala Kulina Bana" street.
You can arrive by trams No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 to "Vijećnica" station, or trolley bus No. 101, 103 and 104 to "Trg Austrije" station and walk 6 min. or 450 m upstream of river Miljacka.
Admission is free.
The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded in 1888 as a complex museum with departments of archaeology, ethnology and natural sciences, the botanical garden and the library. It holds several million exhibits and around 300 000 titles, many of them rarities. This museum is the most significant museum institution in South Eastern Europe.
Due to its unresolved legal status after the war in 1992-95 and a total lack of financial support from the state authorities, the Museum has been closed to the public since 4th of October 2012. There is an ongoing struggle to overcome this situation. In spite of these extremely difficult conditions, the Museum staff are fighting to preserve this national treasure which represents a significant part of the regional, European and world heritage.
The Keys to Rome exhibition presents a small selection from the Museum’s rich archaeological collection. It offers a unique opportunity for the public to see these exhibits as their original exhibition space is still closed. Some of the exhibits belong to the collection of the Museum of Sarajevo, that is leading the curatorial work of the exhibition.
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