Karadozbegova Mosque, Mostar
Mosque is a sacred place and in the Islamic religion can be only used for worship of God (Allah). The mosque is entered with pure and clean mind and body, and of course, in appropriate clothing, otherwise one shows disrespect to Almighty. If man or woman aren't properly dressed and do not take off their shoes, imam would ban them from the entrance to the sacred area. Also, the entrance to the mosque should not be charged.
In Karađoz-beg Mosque these rules are violated fragrantly, to the general dissatisfaction of the local faithful. So, the question is how to reconcile the great profit of tourists and violation of strict religious rules?
Karađozbegova đamija (Haradjoz mosque) is the largest and the most beautiful Muslim place of worship in Herzegovina. It is located on the corner of Braće Fejića and Karadjozbeg streets. Mosque was built in 1557-1558 to the design of Sinan, the famous Ottoman architect. Th main donor and overseer of works was Mehmed Bey Karađoz, brother of a grand vizier Rustem Pasha Opuković. This mosque is unique for the beauty of its dome.
Otherwise, as it is usually happening throughout human history, invaders were destroyed temples and in the same places built their houses of worship. The location of the mosque, before Ottoman's conquest of the city, there was the church of St. Michael, which was demolished and turned into the mosque.
Merhamet is a Turkish word meaning compassionate or merciful and in terms of its organization and role is very similar to Caritas. Within Merhamet is the soup kitchen where food is prepared for poor and little hostel for the homeless people. In one of its parts is the clinic where the poor provides medical assistance. There is also a smaller space where homeless or poor wayfarer can sleep overnight.
"Šadrvan" is fountain with running water and serve for ritual washing before prayer. In a yard around mosque is also a souvenir shop.
This is the largest mosque in the region with the widest dome – however, it is also considered to be one of the finest examples of muslim architecture. You can roam the grounds for free, entry to the mosque or climbing the minaret however costs some KM. Can't say if it is worth it as I haven't tried it unfortunately. The grounds itself are worth a small detour, here you can see the whole beauty of the mosque's architecture as well as a typical Sadirvan fountain. Do not forget to have a look at the neighbouring cemetery as well.
Karadozbegova Mosque was finished in 1557. The mosque was heaviliy damaged during the war but reconstructed in the late 1990s.
This lovely mosque is located on Brace Fejica. My photo does not do it justice as it was hard to fit it all in. There were beautiful well kept graveyards around it, too. This mosque was built in 1557 by Mehmed beg - Karadoz a great legislator.
Built nearly half a millennia ago, in 1557, the Karadozbegova Mosque is considered the finest example of Islamic architecture in the region. It's also considered to be the most beautiful mosque in Hercegovina. You can walk in the grounds for free, enter the mosque for 3KM and climb the minaret for 5KM.
This is the most famous mosque in Mostar. It dates back to the 1500's. We thought it was quite a beautiful and peaceful area to sspend some time. Although it is plainly decorated , as it was heavily damage during the war it is still quite beautiful. It has stone walls everywhere and a courtyard with a fountain. There is a simple chandelier in the domed area.
This is a gorgeous mosaque with a fountain outside. There are taps the base of the fountain and people washed their hands s, feet and face before praying .We only learned their use after our visit and hope we weren't direspectful when we cooled our faces with the water. Others seemed to think this was the purpose of the water too.