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This large and beautiful mosque represents one of the most beautiful works of Islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Working Hours:  
    Monday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM
    Tuesday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM
    Wednesday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM
    Thursday from 12:00AM to 6:00PM
    Friday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM
    Saturday from 8:00AM to 3:00PM
    Sunday from 8:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Contact phone: +387 33 233 170
  • Contact email: muzej-gazi@hotmail.com
  • Adress: Gazi Husrev-begova 46, Sarajevo 71000, B&H

This grand and beautiful mosque represents one of the most magnificent works of architecture in Bosnia

This large and beautiful mosque represents one of the most beautiful works of Islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Gazi Husrev-begova, or popularly known as the Beg's mosque, due to its construction, shape and dimensions, represents a work of special interest for the study of Ottoman architecture in our region.The extraordinary lighting solution of the mosque with 51 windows, 12 of which are lower rectangular, and all the others have an end in the form of a broken arch, gives the impression of a larger space than it is in reality.

On the wall to the left of the main entrance is a levha (a framed quote from the Qur'an). This plaque is over 120 years old, written in gilded letters, and the inscription on the plaque is the credo of Islam, which in translation means:"There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger!"Five times a day, the voice of the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer resounds from the mosque minaret, and this call has been repeated daily since 1530/31. year to date.

How to find Gazi Husrev-Bey Mosque

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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