Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Sarajevo

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An important Ottoman structure in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque represents the first mosque in the world to receive electricity in 1898. Built in 1532 by one of Turkey's prominent architects, the site still serves as one of the favorite meeting spots for local Muslims. Heavily damaged during the war in the 1990s, the mosque has been reconstructed, however with less decoration than before. See its stalactite ornaments below the 13 m (43 ft) wide dome and view the fountain in the yard that's still in use. Observe the differences in the colors of the interior as light streams through 51 windows along the carpet and highlights the Islamic art. Put Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sarajevo trip builder site .
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  • Ervin, my guide, led us across the city and explained to us the great significance that has the mosque for the city of Sarajevo. I recommend a guided tour in the city to appreciate the value of everything that surrounds us in Sarajevo, Toorico Tours can help you with that in Spanish or English.
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  • This review is slightly biased because over there years I have visited many times and developed a friendship with some of the workers this particular mosque. It is a beautiful place to visit, rich in ...  more »
  • The Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque is one of the most important Ottoman structures in Sarajevo and it is a magnificent building, inside and out. As was typical of Ottoman religious foundations, the mosque was...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful mosques in Europe and a perfect example of the Ottoman style of architecture. The entire complex irradiates peace and serenity, you don't have to be a religious person to feel the atmosphere. We were lucky enough to enjoy a private explanation by courtesy of a wonderful local guide. I recommend to plan your visit to hear the call of the muezzin from the minaret, it's very special.
  • An Ottoman mosque built in 1532. Beautiful and lavishly decorated. However only a small portion of it is opened to the public. The ablution area is a little too far from the mosque. There is no pavement or covered lane to the mosque.
  • It's the finest example of Ottoman Islamic architecture on the Balkan Peninsula. The original mosque was built in 1530 but was destroyed in 1697, and restored in 1762, and destroyed again in 1879. The last reconstruction was in 1886, but during the last war 1992-1995, it was damaged again, but most of its oriental design survived unscathed. It is the main mosque in the city
  • The most important and most beautiful mosque in Sarajevo and Bosnia. A magnificent building that reflects a beautiful harmony and proportion and also has a breath-taking interior. Probably one of the most beautiful mosques on the continent of Europe.
  • Gorgeous mosque, worth a visit regardless of your beliefs. Tourist friendly, but, come ON people, have some respect! Women, wear long pants/skirt and men no tank tops. Bring a scarf or shawl if you want to enter or borrow one from outside. I saw some pretty rude looking people wandering around inside.

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