Witness of the Assassination Starting World War: Latin Bridge, Sarajevo

Sarajevo has a very important place in world history. We all read the assassination of the Austrian Crown Court in Sarajevo and the consequences of it during the education we have taken in schools. We all read the assassination of the Austrian Heir Apparent in Sarajevo and the consequences of it during the education we have taken in schools. Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip killed Franz Ferdinand, Austrian Heir Apparent, in 1914 at the northern end of an arched stone bridge and changed the fate of the region. This bridge is called the Latin Bridge nowadays.

The Latin Bridge, one of the historical Ottoman bridges on the Milyatska River, was sometimes named the Frenk Bridge, and also sometimes named "Gavrilo Princip Bridge" dedicated to the Serb assassin during the Yugoslavia period. The region known as "Latinluk" or "Frenkluk" during the Ottoman period due to the Catholic settlement on the left bank, also gave its name to the Latin Bridge. The region was named like this because of being a place where Dubrovnik Catholic masters who settled in Sarajevo lived.

On a record dated 1541 of the Sanjak of Bosnia, it is mentioned that Latin Bridge, one of the oldest bridges of Sarajevo, was built on the point where is its today location, by Sirmerd's son, Derici Hussein. The stone bridge damaged by flood in 1791, was restored by the Bosnian merchant Abdullah Aga Briga.

Witness of the Assassination Starting World War: Latin Bridge, Sarajevo

Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand who is the heir apparent of Austrian crown, and his wife Sofia during their visits in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, and sparked the beginning of the First World War. 

Gavrilo Princip was the member of Mlada Bosna (Young Bosnia), which was not satisfied with Austrian-Hungarian dominance in Bosnia Herzegovina. While Austrian Hungary's heir apparent was passing through the Latin Bridge to meet with Fehim Curcic who is mayor of Sarajevo, Nedeljko Čabrinović wounded Franz and Sofia by throwing an aggressive bomb. But the name of assassin who finisted the job was Gavrilo Princip, who opened fire towards the car.

After the assassination, all the attackers were caught, taken to court and Austria Hungary declared war against Serbia a month after the attack. Then, with the declaring wars of Russia on Austria Hungary and Germany's on Russia and France, the First World War broke out. This event was also the beginning of a process that led to the redrawing of the boundaries of the all region.

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