Reconstruction of Sarajevo Library nearing end

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Workers are rushing to finish the reconstruction of the Sarajevo Library - a landmark destroyed during the Bosnian war - in time for ceremonies marking the centenary of the assassination in the city that ignited World War I.

The 19th century pseudo-Moorish-style building was completely destroyed by Serb shelling in 1992, along with its almost 2 million books and manuscripts. The building had no military significance.

Reconstruction has taken 18 years. The European Union, supporting the reconstruction of Bosnia's cultural heritage, has contributed more than half of the project's cost of over 16 million euros, EU Mission spokesman Andy McGuffie said Friday.

The re-painting of 2,000 square meters of arabesques on walls and ceilings took a whole year.

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