Kajtaz house was built betwen 16th and 17th century. The original form is preserved, The first thing that you notice as soon as you enter is the high wall around the house which was not thought to protect houses from thieves but house women from outside "stalkers" looks. In the house itself there are two separate buildings: one for men and one for women.
Opening time: 08-20
This house was built in 1635. It dates from Ottoman times. Nowadays it houses a private ethnography collection. It was closed when we visited but we looked at the famous bit that juts out over the Neretva River supported by tall columns.
This house is a small and modest museum, where you may see in detail the furniture, and the uses of its old owners. Maybe too much detail - the long visit and the succession of visitors turn the waiting a little bit boring. Fortunately, the yard is cool and nice.
If you are not in an escorted group don't worry: the new owners like to show the place (for one euro) and, for a second euro, it seems that you may drink a rose lemonade. We didn't!
The turkish house is also called Biscevica house and comes also from Ottoman's period (17. century). It serves as a museum recently. The house was separated to women's and men's parts. Inside you can see all the treasure of Ottoman's period, as carpets, wooden furniture, dishes and so on.
It stands right on the bank of Neretva on high columns.
This is a 350 year old house from the Turkish period. House is surrounded by the high walls which protected girls and women from curious men sights.
There is a wonderful view from the second floor window.
The courtyard is a nice place to rest. It was about 40 degrees the day we were here. The ground is decorated with circles of pebbles divided into five sectors denoting the number of times a good Muslim must pray each day. The fountain has 12 spouts for the months, filling four watering pots for the seasons.
From the Turkish house living room you get a amazing view of Neretva. A rich collection of niddle work and other hand-work can be seen in the living room. Also here you get to see a smaple of clothings and other products of daily use of the family of Turkish Vejir of four centuries ago with simple demostration by the guide.
The massive boundary gate of the Turkish house museum. The guide and sometimes the present owner get delighted to see visitor and can be a source of discussion of past and present. You may be offered a coffee and Baclava which is very common way of treating guests in the Balkans, if they really liked you apart from their usual professional role.
The museum is in the historic centre of Mostar's old bridge, bazar and old houses and was the part of UN assisted plan which was supported by many countries and donor organizations to provide more than 16 million dollars worth reconstruction plan.
Inside the Turkish House museum you would see this fountain, possibly a very old one.. it is not in use all the time due to water cost but you would probably be offered a demonstration.
Inside the boundary you see the traditional sitting arrangement in the courtyard. Open to sky the sitting areas are covered by Turkish carpet.
In the courtyard, you would see the ground covered by small pieces of colored stones making five parts of a circle, indicating the five times prayers for an observant Muslim.
Its a two storey-house where you will be directed to the living room upstairs. The wooden structure of the house resembles the centuries old tradition.
Former residence of Ottoman 'Vejir' / governor, the house still retains its old Turkish flavor and would be very interesting to see. The entry fee is 2 KM including a guided tour.