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SARAJEVO: Grand Hotel Central.



A photograph of the social life around the Café of the Grand Hotel Central in Sarajevo, Bosnia, was made on the eve of WWI by a photographer Walter Tausch, who recorded the last images of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife minutes before their assassination in 1914 and documented the arrest of Gavrilo Princip.

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A decorative original photography shows a café in the Grand Hotel Central in Sarajevo in the beginning of 20th century.

The hotel was built in 1889 and was designed by a Croatian architect Josip Vancaš (1859 –1932), who was schooled in Vienna. He was mostly active in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia. On 29 June 1914, he was one of the speakers addressing the crowd during the unrest after Gavrilo Princip’s assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

This photograph was, according to the fashion on the image, made in 1910s, on the eve of WWI, which was caused by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife in Sarajevo. The Grand Hotel Central is situated on the Ćumurija street, where the first attempts to assassinate the Archduke, were made.

The photographer Walter Tausch, based in Sarajevo, made the famous last photos of the Austrian Emperor couple, minutes before their assassination, and photos of Gavrilo Princip’s arrest on June 28, 1914.

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