"the Emperor's Mosque" Sarajevo Favorite Tip by picek

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  Careva dzamija
by picek

Favorite thing: Although it doesn't look, but it is... the oldest mosque in Sarajevo is Careva dzamija, the Emperor's mosque. Original construction was build in 15th century, in 1462 when it was financed by city planner Isa Beg Isakovic. It was then set on fire in 1480 by invaders fire, and after that they built new one from the ashes and got the present shape in 1566. Conservation works found layers of former wall decorations from its earlier times.
The mosque had survived turbulent history - with logical consequences: sometimes damaged, then re-built and re-shaped for what was destroyed... things a lot to mention so if you're interested more about it, it's not bad idea you take a few books from library (interent sources are little limited) to study.
Its graveyard contains some very old graves, nishans - the oldest one dating to 1623, but burying people had been conducted here already earlier and had graves of important Sarajlije ever since.

Fondest memory: It descends right upon Miljacka river, and it impresses with its size. Although for practical reasons most people will see it by daytime, it appears nicer when it's dark. Of course, that's my personal opinion only.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2011
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