Today I had the chance to see this wonderful piece of art;
The Sarajevo Haggadah is an illuminated manuscript that contains the illustrated traditional text of the Passover Haggadah which accompanies the Passover Seder. It is one of the oldest Sephardic Haggadahs in the world, originating in Spain around 1350.
There is a lot of mystery and drama surrounding this book. From it’s unknown author to the unorthodox illumination to the two almost miraculous savings from fire and destruction. It was saved from the Nazis in 1942 and saved from the fire and shells that were hammering down on the besieged city in 1992.
It is one of the shining examples of Sephardic art and it is kept in the National Museum in Sarajevo,
If you ever wander to Sarajevo please do yourself a favor and see this book, it is wonderful and you won’t regret it.