"Ali Pasha mosque" Ali Pasha Mosque Tip by picek

Ali Pasha Mosque, Sarajevo: 7 reviews and 23 photos

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At one of the busiest Sarajevo intersections, on the edges of Old city centre, yet not at Bascarsija there are a green park with trees, cesmas (fountains) and Ali Pasha mosque. It is mosque built in finest Ottoman architecture from years 1560-61 with one large place under dome, with perfect proportions.

Small graveyard (mezarje in Bosnian) exists in front of dzamija, with graves old and new - graveyard itself pre-dating the building and since ever it was burial place of important folk. Mosque has been damaged under the lastest war but has been rebuilt in 2004 to return its previous shine, although damage to its aura has remained and can not be forgotten.

All so contrasty around its gorunds, man comes to mourn by the grave, trees are shaken by light wind and it is near the rain. All fruit trees in flower and life sprouts from buds just opened. Traffic is busy as always, noise comes from engines of the cars and trams from the main road. In the back another fountain where one drink fresh water, and homeless man sleeps on the bench in the mid day just before he will be awaken by drops. Pigeons pick bread and seed pieces from the floor. Back to in front of mosque another man drinks from cesma Idadija from 1874, and then he makes prayer to Allah from the wooden floor next to main door, shoes of course removed.

This place has interesting history, everything changed with arrival of first traffic.

Address: Marsala Tita
Directions: at the intersection Mostar-Zenica/Tuzla in city, 10 min walk from Ferhadija

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 11, 2010
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