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Before we left Sarajevo we went to Ilidza and its Tunnel Museum which is located near Sarajevo's airport.

The story behind the tunnel: During the war, the airport (held by UNPROFOR) was the only link between the city and the mountains which were still "free". People would try to run across the runway of the airport trying to escape. They got shot by snipers in a lot of cases. The UN which had agreed with the Serbs to use the airport for the delivering of humanitarian aid only stopped people who wanted to cross the runway and sent them back into the besieged city. There was no way out. Also there was no way in for food, electricity, weapons etc.

The Bosnian Croat army decided to build a tunnel underneath the runway. It was 800 mtrs long, 1 metre wide and less than 2 metres high. The building took 4 months and 4 days. After a while not only wounded people, weapons and food were transported through here, there also was an electricity and a telephone line as well as oil and water pipelines. The tunnel was the only lifeline for the people of Sarajevo.

Today the family who lived in the house the entrance to the tunnel was built into turned their house into a tunnel museum. The father and son of the Kolar family, who worked on and with the tunnel during the Siege, are there to tell their stories and to maintain the little museum.

We are the first visitors at 9 in the morning and manage to watch a shocking 30 mts film (without commentary, the pictures were strong enough) about the Siege and the tunnel. Afterwards we went through the 20 metres of reconstructed tunnel before unfortunately the crowds (4 coaches full of people!) arrived. So we had no space and patience to look at all the exhibits in the small museum. Nevertheless, a very touching and inspiring place that everyone should visit in order to make the world a better place.

Entrance was 5 KM in May 2007.

Address: Tuneli 1, Butmir
Directions: Tram N3,4 or 6 to the end stop at Ilidza, then change to bus N32 to Butmir. Or then take a taxi from town because the area where the museum is is a bit complicated. We got lost with the car even though we had a map!

Open 09:00 - 18:00.

Phone: 033 628 591

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 20, 2007
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