The Construction of Sarajevo’s ‘Olympic Hotel’

  • Kenneth Morrison


This chapter focuses on the construction of Sarajevo’s Holiday Inn hotel. Though it would later gain notoriety as an example of a ‘war hotel’ par excellence, familiar around the world as the base for journalists covering events in the city, the hotel had its roots in the construction boom that preceded the 1984 Winter Olympics. Built to house dignitaries from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Holiday Inn was the city’s most prestigious hotel. The focus of the chapter, therefore, is on Ivan Štraus’s design, the construction of the building, debates over its aesthetic qualities, and an overview of the role the hotel played in the social life of Sarajevo in the 1980s.


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  • Kenneth Morrison
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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