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House of Spite, Sarajevo

Photos: Sanjin Hadžić

Sarajevo's House of Spite (Inat kuća) is today a traditional Bosnian restaurant, but its history tells an unusual story of human stubbornness. During the Austro-Hungarian period, it was the wish of the authorities that Sarajevo should be rebuilt as a modern colony. In order to build the imposing new town hall and lay tracks for the tram network, it was necessary to demolish a large number of houses, but in the case of one of them they ran into an obstacle – old Benderija, who didn't want to leave his home. For months they negotiated with him, offering a sum of money that was considerably more than the building was worth, but he refused to budge. At last, the finance minister went to talk to him and the two reached an agreement. Benderija would allow the authorities to demolish his house, but only on condition that they rebuilt it, brick by brick, on the other bank of the Miljacka. Visit the House of Spite and relive the legendary story that gave it its name.

House of Spite, Sarajevo
House of Spite, Sarajevo