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Once, Mostar had a mosque built in 1557. The war destroyed it, and men reconstructed it, being now proud to show it.
It's now a simple and modest building, the best of it being the yard and gardens, with good sights over the bridge and river (and the hope that it may last for long!).
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While Mostar has a wide variety of magnificent mosques, the most famous and largest mosque is the Karadjozbey Mosque which is located to the north of the Stari Most on Brace Fejica. The mosque dates from 1557 and was built by Mehmed Karadjoz. The large dome and towering minaret makes this mosque the largest in the Herzegovina region of the country.
Unfortuantely, during the recent war, the mosque was extensively damaged and while it has been rebuilt to exact original specifications, the original beautiful and ancient interior detailing has been lost forever.
With an interior of 13,4 x 13,4 m, the Karadoz-beg Mosque (Kadozbegova Dzamija) is the largest mosque in Mostar.
The Islamic sacred building was designed by the famous Turkish architect Kodza Mimara Sinan and it was completed in the middle of the 16th century.
The courtyard of the mosque is also home to the ablution fountain and the medresa.
The Karadoz-beg Mosque is situated in the eastern, muslim part of Mostar, just between the streets Titova and Brace Fejica.
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With it’s big dome and high minaret this is considered to be the most beautiful mosque in the region .It was built by a Turkish architect in 1557.
It was almost completely destroyed in the last Yugoslav-war .It has been rebuilt and stands proud once again. T/ chanting call to prayer we could hear each evening added to the aura and beauty of Mostar.
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I visited the Karadjoz-bey Mosque during a trip to Mostar in May 2007.
This 16th century mosque is located on Brace Fejica, just a couple of minutes walk from Mostar's famous Old Bridge. As with many of the historic buildings in Mostar, the Karadjoz-bey Mosque was severely damaged during the 1990s Yugoslav war and has since been extensively rebuilt.
The main reason for my friend and I visiting the mosque was to climb the minaret and enjoy the panoramic views from up there.
We checked with the guy in the mosque's courtyard as to whether a dresscode was in force for entering the mosque and whether we'd need to go back and change out of our shorts and t-shirts. He told us that we were fine to enter in shorts, so we purchased our tickets from him.
Entrance costs 3KM (approx. 1 GBP) to enter the mosque, or 5KM (approx. 1.65 GBP) to enter the mosque AND climb the minaret. We purchased the more expensive tickets.
We entered the mosque and noted its near empty interior, with little in the way of elaborate decor. A few people were kneeling, bare-footed and praying. We hurried through, feeling as though we were trespassing on their privacy, and entered the minaret.
The climb up the interior of the minaret involves a claustrophobic journey up a narrow, winding staircase in almost complete darkness at times. Thankfully, we were the only visitors at the time as passing on the staircase would have been near impossible.
The views from the top, if you are brave enough to make it that far, are fantastic! I felt a little uneasy standing at the top of the minaret, with only a small wall (a little over knee height) preventing a fatal fall, but the views made it all worthwhile. You can appreciate the extent of the war damaged buildings from this vantage point, and you are also afforded breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Unfortunately, views of the Old Bridge are not possible from the minaret as it is obscured by surrounding buildings.
Great views of Mostar from the minaret!
Karadjoz-Bey's mosque is the largest mosque in Mostar. It was built in 1557 by Mehmed Karadjoz, son of Ebu-Sadet, and brother of Rustem who was vizier of Herzegovina at this time. Beside its high and elegant minaret, this mosque has very attractive dome. Court-yard with cemetery extends to the corner of Karadjoz-Bey and Fejica Street.
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