The siege of Sarajevo turned vacation place Mount Trebevi into a deadly sniper post. Can the reopening of its famous gondola journey ultimately heal old wounds?
P azite, Snajper ! em>– Beware, Sniper!- alerted the signs along the Sarajevo street exposed to marksmen looking through their rifle viewfinders from the top of Mount Trebevic. People would sprint from one side of “sniper’s alley” to the other to deliver supplies to family and friends- demise hot on their heels.
The hillside where tens of thousands are applied to expend their Saturdays before the 1992-1996 siege of Sarajevo soon became” a symbol of aggression”, remembers mountain guide Fikret Kahrovic.” Trebevic was the only place to inhale fresh air when the city was engulfed in fumes, but that all changed and the mountain became our adversary .”
Today- 26 times after the siege began and 73 times since the city’s second world war liberation- Sarajevo hopes to set much of that past to rest with the opening up of the Trebevic gondola.
The 33 cabins will variously sport the Bosnian flag and the colour of the Olympics, a reminder of the mountain’s role in the 1984 Winter Game. It will follow the same route as the previous cable car, travelling from the age-old town to the lungs of Sarajevo, Trebevic, which rises majestically above the city.