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Brusa Bezistan

Brusa Bezistan was built in 1551 by Rustem-pasha, the Great Vizier to Suleiman The Magnificent. 

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Brusa Bezistan was built in 1551 by Rustem-pasha, the Great Vizier to Suleiman The Magnificent. The building was originally used for selling silk produced in Bursa by the founder himself. Brusa Bezistan was built in stone, on a rectangular foundation, roofed by six large domes and two slightly smaller ones, where archived documents and court records were kept. 
In present - day Brusa Bezistan, this part hosts the permanent exhibition of the Sarajevo Museum, constituted chronologically, with the archaeological exhibits divided into three main parts: prehistory, antiquity and the Middle Ages. The gallery of the Bezistan showcase exhibits from the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian rule in Sarajevo. The impressive scale model of the old Sarajevo trade district is particularly attractive to visitors.

Brusa Bezistan was constructed as a cube made of stones and covered by the roof consisting of 6 large and 2 small domes. Permanent exhibit offers an entire overview of a rich history of Sarajevo spanning from ancient times to the end of Austro-Hungarian period. Archeological material is divided in three separate parts: prehistory, Ancient times and the Middle age. On the museum gallery the most expensive equipment of the Ottoman soldier is exhibited. Brusa Bezistan is located in the heart of Sarajevo, in the old part called Baščaršija.

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Brusa Bezistan

The Brusa Bezistan comes from the Turkish word, meaning Clothing Market. It was built in 1551 by Rustem-pasha, the grand vizier of the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. This beautiful building was constructed for the purposes of trading with the fine silk that was produced in Anatolian city of Bursa. That is how it get the name of Brusa Bezistan.

Neighborhoods of  Sarajevo - Baščaršija 

We will start with today's bathing area Bentbaša, which was once known as medieval village of Brodac. The founder of Sarajevo, Isabeg Isaković thought this location was just perfect for establishing a city.

In Baščaršija, he builds Kolobara Han (Kolobara Inn), a hotel in modern terms, which was soon surrounded by a multitude of shops creating the economic basis for the development of the city. Kozja ćuprija bridge (Goat Bridge) was built upstream from the village of Brodac in the 16th century, and today is an easy, half hours walk from Bentbaša along the Dariva Street. Not much is known about Kozja ćuprija, but it is certain that everything came to town through it: armies, caravans, religions, cultures and influences.

There are two traditions about the origin of Kozja ćuprija.
According to the first legend, the bridge was built by the Romans, and the second claims it was built by Mehmed Paša in memory of his childhood when he was just a poor goat shepherd.

According to the legend, one of the goats in his care discovered the hidden treasure. Mehmed used it for his education, became elected to the rank of Pasha and constructed a bridge he called “Goat’s Bridge”. Another permanent stamp was left by Gazi Husrev Beg (Gazi Husrev Bey), the conqueror of Belgrade, the irreplaceable warrior in campaigns of Suleiman the Magnificent, triple Bosnian Steward and Builder. In 1530, with his own money, he built the most monumental building of Islamic culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the largest sacral object of Islamic architecture in this part of the world, Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque, sitting on the right bank of the river Miljacka.

Bey Mosque, together with mekteb, wudu inn, two octagonal mausoleums and the clock tower building is the central and largest complex of the “čaršija”, and has had a significant influence on all construction activities in the city.
It is also the first mosque in the world to install electrical lighting.
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