Latin Bridge’s Tragic Past

Another history lesson for me when travelling with a camera in Bosnia & Herzegovina’s capital  – the main catalyst for the start of WW1. Touring Sarajevo city, I visited the Latin Bridge & uncovered its history.

Latin Bridge

100 years on from the start of WW1, apparently the debate still goes on as to the cause where 17 million people died and empires upturned. The chain of events leading up to the start was long, but the trigger took place on the corner of the Latin Bridge on 28 June 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant wife Sophie were assassinated.

Franz was heir to the throne of Austria and Hungary. The assassination was planned by a Serbian group called The Black Hand. The man who shot Franz & Sophie was a Bosnian revolutionary named Gavrilo Princip. You can visit the museum on the bridge corner which documents the incident and read the story of the assassination on

Franz and Sophie seconds prior to the assassination
Site of the assassination

The following chain of events then took place in 1914:

* 28 June – Gavrilo Princip assassinates Franz Ferdinand.
* 28 July – Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
* 2 August – Ottoman Empire (Turkey) and Germany sign a secret treaty of alliance.
* 3 August – Germany declares war on France.
* 4 August – Germany invades Belgium, leading Britain to declare war on Germany.
* 10 August – Austria-Hungary invades Russia.

The rest is history…

Latin Bridge

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