Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Mostar
There exist no practice to charge the entrance into mosque but Mostar as an touristy town is exception. The entrance to the Koski Mehmed-pasha mosque will be charged 2 euros, and besides, it is not applied very strict rule regarding appropriate clothing for the entrance to the prayer space. Due to violations of that rule many local Muslim believers are very bitter. Also there do not exist daily prayer in the mosque, as its primary purpose, but worship only on Friday, which is called "džuma", usually most important prayer for Muslim believers. The mosque is also charging climb to the minaret, which cost 5 euros!
Adjacent to mosque is "hanikah", religious high school, "shadrvan", the fountain for ritual ablutions and "harem". The word "harem" does not denotes only the female part of the house, in which men aren't allowed to enter, thus word has a broader term. Word "harem" means a fenced courtyard, as well as cemetery with the mosque.
One thing is certain, Koski Mehmed-pasha Mosque is neither the oldest, nor the largest, nor the most important city mosque but is certainly most photographed. This is primarily due to its position, along the Neretva River, and close vicinity to the Old Bridge. In addition to the Old Bridge it is most commonly panoramas of Mostar.
Paša (bosniak term) or Pasha is an honorific title, in the Ottoman Empire, ascribed to high military or civilian dignitaries. Pasha's trait was a "tug", a kind of spear on which hung a ponytail.
- pasha who had one tug was "miri-liva", title equivalent to general brigadier
- pasha who had two tugs was "ferik", a title equivalent to divisional general or vice admiral
- pasha who had three tugs was "mushir", a title equivalent to marshal or admiral (kapudan-pasha)
Only Sultan (the emperor) had four tugs.
Koski Mosque was built in 1617-1619 and is the only one in Mostar where the original colors or ornaments and wall decorations have been preserved. Although under the protection of UNESCO, the mosque was heavily damaged in the war in 1993, minaret was demolished and dome sustained serious damage.
The Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque is pretty small and you are allowed to enter with your shoes on and women are allowed to enter without covering their hair.
You can also go up to the top of the minaret if you want to climb 89 steps in a very claustrophobic condition as it is really thin.
Only one person can go at a time in one direction.
Opening time 7 – 20, without religious functions.
This mosque has some stalls in its grounds. There are great views of the Old Bridge from the gardens here. Apparently you can also climb up the minaret for views - though we did not. This mosque was built in 1617.
There are two things why you should visit the beautiful mosque. First, its beautiful architecture, chracteristic for a mosque of its size and time. The mosque was completed in 1618, almost completely destroyed in 1993 and later rebuilt. After Karadjoz-Bey mosque, it is the second n largest in Mostar. Second, the court: In the early hourse, it can be a peaceful garden. However, most of the time it has an interesting mix of tourists, vendors and people visiting the mosque for religious reasons. There is a good view onto the Neretva river and Stari Most from here. This is a working mosque, so be aware that access may be restricted during prayer times, especially to non-muslims. The visit is free of charge, you have to pay however if you want to visit the minaret (which I did not, I have to admit).
Its beautiful outside arhcitecture. Inside, there is - in my opinion - little spectacular to see. Visit it, if you have the time, but spend your time elsewhere when you are in hurry.
"Mostar" is a city rich in mosques, to be found in each and every district, which well represent the typical Ottoman style. Small but elegant, both from an architectural and a cultural point of view in a wider sense, these are buildings that are well worth visiting not only for the beauty of their interiors but also for tangible evidence of the life and culture of the Ottoman period in Bosnia Herzegovina.
This mosque was built at the beginning of the 17th century by "Koski Mehmed-Pasha".
From the minaret, at only five metres from the Neretva River, a spectacular panoramic view of the city can be enjoyed. The welcoming atmosphere within the courtyard offers a pleasant, relaxing break in a unique and romantic context.
This mosque, located in the old part of the town, was built in 1617.
You enter the complex of Koski Mehmed-Pasha mosque from the east side through the narrow, cocered passage, and this complex includes the court-yard with shadrvan (fountain from the Ottoman period), the hanikah (highschool), sheik Dervis Isak's domed burial site and the building itself. The shadrvan is located at the end of the court-yard, opposite the mosque entrance and it consists of a samll pool out of which the water flows over to a big pool and from here it is introduced to six different faucets. The whole complex is covered with a sixfold roof, which holds on six stone posts. It was built in 1781.
The north part of the court-yard is framed with the building of the hanikah. It consists of nine smaller rooms one after another and one bigger room.
Chimneys give a special touch to its appearance. Probably it was built in the time of the construction of the mosque itself.
During the war 1992-1995 the whole complex suffered enormous damage. The minaret had been completely destroyed, the mosque, hanikah, shadrvan and the court-yard were not spared from the destroying either.
The sign outside the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque claims the mosque possesses the best views of the old bridge in all the city. A mighty claim to make, and it backs it up with some stunning vistas from its courtyard. You can also climb the minaret for 5KM. The courtyard is calm and cool, with a tiny graveyard. The whole place is well looked after, with water continuously sating the plants, and a sweeper endlessly removing unseen dust from the cobbled paths.
While the best views of the old bridge maybe from the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the best views of the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque are definitely from the old bridge.
The Mosque was built at the beginning of 17th century in Ottoman style. As almost all buildings in Mostar, this mosque was a bit destroyed during the war, its minaret was completely destroyed, but then repaired. There is a lovely coutyard with souvenir shops.
The minaret of the Mehmed Pasha Mosque is a must do in Mostar. It is not that the minaret itself differs significantly to other minarets but it is significant in that it is one of the few minarets in the world which a non-muslim can climb and be rewarded with such a magnificent view. The entry fee to the mosque and minaret is a bit pricey (I think it's 4 euro if I remember correctly) but is worth it for the view.
From the minaret platform you have a 360 degree view over the cirty of Mostar and to the hills and mountains beyond. It also has one of the best views of the Stari Most and Neretva river due to its location right on the banks of the river.
The privilege of entering this beautiful mosque is not something which should be taken lightly. Show respect and remove your shoes when entering the mosque. It is also correct to enter with your right foot first. It is ok to take pictures of the interior, but to do so during prayer time should be reconsidered in my opinion. The interior is beautifully elaborate, especially for first time visitors to a mosque (like me). I found it very interesting to see the interior of a mosque with it's mussala, qiblah wall, mihrab and minbar -all features of a typical mosque.
Mehmed Pasha's mosque is the most central of Mostar's mosques and probably the most photographed mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to it's positioning right on the banks of the Neretva River behind the Stari Most. The mosque is not as old or as large as Karadjozbey's Mosque, being built in 1617, but is still a fine example of mosque and minaret architecture. This mosque was also severly damaged during the war but has being fully restroed. The mosque is unusual in that it is one of the few mosques in the world into which you can enter as a non-Muslim and even more unusual that you can climb the Minaret and take photos of the interior! - Don't worry...I asked permission :)
Dont forget to visit KOSKI MEHMED PASHA MOSQUE.
You can go go upstairs to the top of its minaret with the permision of imam. The view is fantastic in a word.
I would feel awful if I missed this attraction. Thank God :)
The mosque built in 1617, by Ottomans. This well-decorated and well-preserved mosque heavily damaged during the war.
I liked to have a seat in its garden. This is a silent, peace & calm place to get relaxed.
In the garden of mosque, there are a Ottoman graveyard, fountain and a madrasah(theological school of Ottomans). And you can see gift shops in the garden.
The second biggest mosque in Mostar is the Koksi-Mehmed Pasha Mosque (Koski Mehmed Pasina Dzamija). Its construction took a few years and it was finally finished in 1619.
As most buildings in the old town of Mostar, also the Koksi-Mehmed Pasha Mosque was seriously damaged during the war in the early 1990s. Later it has been restored.
The Koski-Mehmed Pasha Mosque can be found on the left, rocky bank of the Neretva river, just about 150 metres north of the Old Bridge.