Sarajevo then and now

Sarajevo's landmark 19th century city hall-turned-National Library will re-open on May 9 with its old glory fully restored, after it was reduced to rubble by Serb shelling in the summer of 1992. The re-opening of the city's beloved "Vijecnica" (city hall) is one in a series of events that will mark the centenary of the start of World War One, triggered by the June 28, 1914 killing of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia in Sarajevo. A graceful pseudo-Moorish building and a source of civic pride, the hall was burned out in Serb fire in August 1992, nearly 100 years after it was built. The Bosnian Serb 43-month siege of Sarajevo from 1992-95 was Europe's longest after World War Two. [16 photos total]

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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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A combination photo shows the National Library after shelling in the besieged Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on August 26, 1992 (bottom), and after being renovated on May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Hidajet Delic (bottom)/Dado Ruvic) #
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A woman stands in the destroyed National Library hall after shelling on August 26, 1992 (bottom), and the same hall after its renovation on May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Hidajet Delic (bottom)/Dado Ruvic) #
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The National Library burning after shelling on August 26, 1992 (bottom), and after being renovated on May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Hidajet Delic (bottom)/Dado Ruvic) #
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A horse-drawn antique tram passes by the destroyed city library on November 26, 1995 (bottom), and a tram passing by the same site after renovation on May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (top)/Danilo Krstanovic) #
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The destroyed National Library hall after shelling on August 26, 1992 (bottom), and the same hall after its renovation on May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Hidajet Delic (bottom)/Dado Ruvic) #
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A man carrying a sack of firewood across a destroyed bridge near the burnt-out library on January 1, 1994 (bottom) and another man walking over the same bridge, now repaired, on May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Peter Andrews (bottom)/Dado Ruvic) #
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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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The restored "Vijecnica" (city hall) is seen in Sarajevo May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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The restored National Library is seen in Sarajevo, May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #
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The National Library is seen after shelling in Sarajevo, August 26, 1992. (REUTERS/Hidajet Delic) #

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