Bosnia reopens once-destroyed Sarajevo Library

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Photo - Bosnian women are comforted in front of a police cordon during a protest in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on Friday, May 9, 2014. A  few hundred people from different parts of Bosnia have been protesting in Sarajevo over the high unemployment rate in the country and alleged government corruption. Protesters walked to the Sarajevo Library - a landmark destroyed during the Bosnian war - which is to be officially reopened today after reconstruction that has taken 18 years at the cost of over 16 million euros. They said they will continue the protest during the official ceremony to reopen the 19th century pseudo-Moorish construction that is expected to be attended by all top government officials as well as numerous international dignitaries. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Bosnian women are comforted in front of a police cordon during a protest in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on Friday, May 9, 2014. A few hundred people from different parts of Bosnia have been protesting in Sarajevo over the high unemployment rate in the country and alleged government corruption. Protesters walked to the Sarajevo Library - a landmark destroyed during the Bosnian war - which is to be officially reopened today after reconstruction that has taken 18 years at the cost of over 16 million euros. They said they will continue the protest during the official ceremony to reopen the 19th century pseudo-Moorish construction that is expected to be attended by all top government officials as well as numerous international dignitaries. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Sarajevo has reopened its reconstructed National Library building 22 years after the city landmark was destroyed during the Bosnian war along with its almost 2 million books and manuscripts.

Friday's reopening comes in time for the June ceremonies marking the centenary of the assassination that ignited World War I.

City authorities plan to have the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform inside the building on June 28, marking 100 years since Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand von Habsburg walked out of the building and was shot dead by young Serb Gavrilo Princip.

It took architects and builders 18 years to find documents and photos on the building's 19th-century pseudo-Moorish construction and put it back together the way it was before Serb shelling destroyed the landmark in 1992.

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