Külliye in Arabic means a complex of all buildings: a mosque, a medresa, a darüşşifa, kitchens, bakery, hammam, and that all we have here in Sarajevo's old town(Baščaršija). There is the gazi Husref Beg's džamija, Bezistan, Medresa, a building of muvekithane, a hotwater šadrvan(fountain), clock tower, library- all built by order of the Bosnian sancakbey Gazi Husrefbeg, 1530-1543. He was a son of a Bosnain man and a daughter of Ottoman Sultan Bayazit II. To this complex are added two turbet (bey and his harem)- octagonal mausoleums.
This is the most significant Islamic building in Bosnia and Herzegovina, dating back to 1530. It is distinguished by its architectural values, varied base, multi dome system and courageously constructive solution from all other sub-dome mosques built in this country. The prayer area of this mosque is covered by a dome with 13m span and 26m height, whilst the side extensions are covered by small domes. The alter is covered by a semi-dome.
The architect was Persian, Adžem Esir Ali, the main architect of the Ottoman Empire at that time.
As many other monuments in Sarajevo, this mosque was also damaged during the Bosnian War. However, from 1995 to 1997 extensive restoration works have been executed.
Although it is not like in "real" islamic countries and i heard call-to-pray only twice, this is a real and beautiful mosque. It is situated in the middle of Bascarsija, Old Town. Also this was a place where i met some more tourists.
Bey's mosque was built in 1530. It represents the most beautiful islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gazi Husrev-bey built the mosque, he was Herzegovinian by his father and his mother was a princess Selguicca, the daughter of Sultan Bayazit II. When he came to Sarajevo, the population was 8000 people and he had merit in development and progress of the town.
The mosque has a central area with sections of semi-domes. Bellow the central area is a circular gallery with a wooden balustrade. The minaret is more than 45 meter high. In the east are two turbes, the larger belongs to Gazi Husrev Bey and the smaller to Gazi Murat Bey, the first mutevelija (waqf manaer) of the mosque.The western part of courtyard contains the abdesthana with hot running water, which has been in use since 1530.
According to my guide book this is seen as the most significant Islamic building in the country.
It was built by a Persian architect, reckoned to be the leading Ottoman architect of his time, and follows an Istanbul style. Originally built in 1530, it has been rebuilt and repaired since then. It was damaged during the 1992-95 siege, but not badly and it has been repaired.
I was wearing shorts (bad planning) the day I was there, so I did not try to get in. However, the courtyard and exterior were worth the trip anyway.
Gazi-Husrev Bey Mosque is the main mosque in the centre of Bascarsija. It seems almost buried in the small streets of the old market, and you really have to enter the walls of the building to be able to appreciate the beauty of the building. It was first constructed in the 1530s, when there appears to have been a large Ottoman building boom, particularly with respect to the city’s religious infrastructure. The structure is similar to many other mosques with its three domes and its intricately carved façade, although there have been accusations that, when the building was rebuilt in 1996, it was “wahhabized” by its Saudi funders and that much of the original beauty was not restored. Inside the compound you will also find two tombs, one of which is for the Mosque’s namesake (Gazi-Husrev Beg, the ruler of Bosnia and Sandzak), as well as a fountain for ritual washing. The domed arbor over the fountain was only erected in the 1890s. Despite the polemic about the reconstruction of the mosque, this is a beautiful oasis of tranquility, despite the fact that there is a lot of communication between it and the streets of the Bascarsija, which lets the noise in. During holidays, the courtyard itself can fill up with worshipers who do not fit into the interior of the mosque – such was the case during Ramadan, when the Bascarsija filled with the imam’s voice in order to accommodate all those who could not fit into the mosque’s interior.
It is an ottoman complex in Sarajevo.Mosque,Masoleum,Madrasa,Soup kitchen.You can see the TOURBE(MASOLEUM) is very simple small cottage and big soup kitchen.It is one of the best Ottoman arcitecture example in Sarajevo.
The Gazi Husrev Bey Complex in Sarajevo is one of the main Ottoman complexes in the Balkans. Built in the first half of the sixteenth century, the complex included a mosque, madrasa, Quranic school, khanqah, soup kitchen, hospice, library, khan, bazaar, public baths and two tombs. Gazi Husrev Bey was an Ottoman governor in Bosnia and contributed greatly to the urban development of Sarajevo with his architectural patronage. Existing waqf documents describe the operations and the maintenance of these sites by an extensive staff, and supported by funds from regional agricultural enterprises.
The mosque was constructed by Ajem Esir Ali, an architect from Tabriz who had been taken prisoner during Ottoman incursions into Persia and became a chief architect in Istanbul. The mosque in Sarajevo is among the successes of this school outside Constantinople. Constructed in cut stone, the mosque is square in plan, surmounted by a central dome that is approximately thirteen meters in diameter and twenty-six meters high. The central prayer hall is flanked by two wings and has a qibla iwan covered by a semi-dome. Five cupolas cover a portico closed on the sides and supported by five marble columns. Three tiers of muqarnas decoration embellish their capitals. The main entrance is set in a niche decorated by seven tiers of muqarnas. Above the entry arch, an inscriptive plaque of tuluth Arabic dates the contruction of the mosque to 1531 (937 A.H.). The portico façade includes a mihrab and four windows.
Inside, the mihrab features seven tiers of muqarnas ornamentation and the qibla wall surrounding it is covered with painted decoration. The qibla semi-dome has a band of muquarnas at its base. The marble minbar highlights delicate latticework. To the right of the main entrance along the northern wall of the prayer hall, is a two-story gallery (mahfil). To its left is a screened enclosure, known as maqsura. The windows are not original. During the Austro-Hungarian period, neo-classical decorations were painted on the interior walls, the courtyard was modified and the ablution fountain was redone in Rococo style. The mosque has a tall minaret with a single balcony that is almost thirty-six meters high.
Gazi Husrev-bey's Mosque is one of the most important islamic structure in Bosnia and Hercegovina. This place of whorship was built 1531. with the large Harem and the accompanying buildings was and stayed a focal point of the old square.
The employe took us inside and even allowed us to take a photos.
The floors were covered with the carpets that were given as a gifts from various islamic countries. The walls were decorated with some arabic writings and geometrical paintings.
The Gazi Husrev bey mosque is the most important islamic building in Bosnia. It was constructed in an Istanbul style by a persian architect in 1531. The complex include a washing room (abdesthana), a primary school (mekteb), a wooden fountain (sadrvan) and a prayer callers`home (muvekithana). The minaret tower is 45 m hight and the dome 26 m. There are 2 elaborate tombs at the left.
The Gazi Husrev-Beg mosque, built in 1530, is one of the most famous structures in Bascarjica (Old Town) Sarajevo. It has been restored several times, most recently in the lates 1990's after it was damaged in the war.
At night, the mosque is right smack in the middle of the crowds wandering up and down outside its walls along the Fedharija. The illumination of the mosque grounds and towers make it even more special.
This is Sarajevo's grandest mosque. It is not the largest mosque; that honor goes to several others out closer to Novo Sarajevo - west end of the city - including a huge mosque built by money from the Saudis. Gazi-Husrev Bey was a governor of Bosnia from 1521-1541. Such people were not poor men and Gazi-Husref Bey was no exception. One of the tenets of Islam is for the rich to share with the community - vaukuf is a form of public endowment. Gazi-Husrev Bey's vakuf included the funds for this grand mosque sited right on the Fedarhija. Besides the mosque - which is open for a small fee to visitors outside of prayer times; remember appropriate clothing for all visitors - there is a tall clocktower whose function is to tell the faithful when to pray. Prayer times in Islam are set by the sun, so the clock, as such, must be reset each day. Across the Fedharija is a medressa - school for Isalmic scholarship and there is also a stone han just to the mosque's west, that has been restored and filled with different shops. Hans were old areas for travellers to spend a night en route on their journeys to wherever. The fountain in front of the mosque is very ornate with its ironwork. Fountains are an important part of a mosque, allowing the faithful to properly prepare tehmselves for prayer.
At Bas carsi you may visit Gazi Hüsrev Begov mosque, medrese(religious school)(AKA Kursunlu medrese) and Clock tower. They usually had builded at 1530.
The Gazi-Hurrev-Beg Mosque in Bascarjica, Sarajevo was furnished with the most beautiful antique Persian rugs.