The Gazi Husrev-Bey Museum
The museum is dedicated to Gazi Husrev-beg (1480 – 1541), the governor of Bosnia and one of the biggest builders of Sarajevo and the history of his vakuf (endowments).
- 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: email@example.com
- Adress: Gazi Husrev-begova 46, Sarajevo 71000, B&H
The Museum exhibit collection consists of eight thematic sections displayed in areas which once served as classrooms
The Museum is dedicated to Gazi Husrev-bey (1418-1542), governor of Bosnia, one of the greatest builders of Sarajevo, and to the history of his waqf (endowment). The Museum is situated within the Kuršumlija madrasah (college), one of the many buildings Gazi Husrev-bey built in Sarajevo. The Museum exhibit collection consists of eight thematic sections displayed in areas which once served as classrooms. Through these sections visitors can learn about Gazi Husrev-bey as a historical personality, about his waqf and also about the Gazi Husrev-bey madrasah.
The central chamber of the Kuršumlija madrasah - the dershana (auditorium) is where the collection of rare items of the waqf is situated; there is also a room housing a set of instruments that determine the exact time (muvekkithana), a room with old photos of the waqf and also a room dedicated to the waqf properties damaged during the 1992-1995 siege of Sarajevo.
How to find Gazi Husrev-Bey Museum
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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