Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque, Sarajevo

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  • Address: Saraci 8, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:15 pm Details
  • Phone: +387-33532144
  • Ticket Price: 2 BAM
  • Time Required: 00:45 Mins
  • Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque, Sarajevo

This is straight up the most important mosque in the country. Its Ottoman architectural style was very daring when first built and is even now considered one of the finest in the world. Things to note include:

  • Multiple domes
  • Glass and rock ornamentation
  • The twice restored arabesque.
  • Stalactite ornamentation under the dome.
  • Polychromatic decoration and a use of natural light to create a greater sense of space.

Most of the intricacy of the interior has been lost unfortunately; during the Siege of Sarajevo, the Serbian forces deliberately damaged much of the city’s heritage.

Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque Information

  • Closed on Ramadan.
  • Men can keep their shoed on, but women must cover their hair with a scarf or shawl.
  • The window for visitation is very narrow.

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  • One of the most beautiful mosques in Europe and a perfect example of the Ottoman style of architecture. The entire complex irradiates peace and serenity, you don't have to be a religious person to feel the atmosphere. We were lucky enough to enjoy a private explanation by courtesy of a wonderful local guide. I recommend to plan your visit to hear the call of the muezzin from the minaret, it's very special.

  • Gazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque, or Bey’s Mosque, as it is known locally, was built in the center of Baščaršija in 1530. Bey’s Mosque was designed by Adžem Esir Ali, a Persian from Tabriz, who was the chief architect in the Ottoman Empire at that time. The mosque was built as part of a vakuf (endowment) established by the Ottoman Governor, Gazi Husrev Bey, who governed Bosnia, more or less continuously, from 1521 until his death in 1541. Today, this mosque is rightly seen as the most important architectural monument from the time of Ottoman rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are many Bosnian leaders buried in the mosque’s courtyard, including Reis-ul-Ulema, Mehmed Džemaludin Čaušević; the politician, Dr. Mehmed Spaho; the reformer, Ali Bey Firdus; the poet, Safvet Bey Bašagić....

  • An Ottoman mosque built in 1532. Beautiful and lavishly decorated. However only a small portion of it is opened to the public. The ablution area is a little too far from the mosque. There is no pavement or covered lane to the mosque.

  • The most important and most beautiful mosque in Sarajevo and Bosnia. A magnificent building that reflects a beautiful harmony and proportion and also has a breath-taking interior. Probably one of the most beautiful mosques on the continent of Europe.

  • It's the finest example of Ottoman Islamic architecture on the Balkan Peninsula. The original mosque was built in 1530 but was destroyed in 1697, and restored in 1762, and destroyed again in 1879. The last reconstruction was in 1886, but during the last war 1992-1995, it was damaged again, but most of its oriental design survived unscathed. It is the main mosque in the city

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