Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Sarajevo, Bosnia

This mosque is known to be one of the best pieces of design and construction made during the Ottoman regime in the city of Sarajevo, the city well known throughout the world, especially after the 1990s when the Serbian forces launched an offensive against Bosnia Herzegovina. This mosque is taken to be the prime place for the Muslims in the city of Sarajevo, because it is considered to be the place where most Muslims meet each other many times in the year.

This mosque was designed and constructed under the supervision of the famous Architect in the days of Ottoman rule famously known as Acem Esir Ali Alauddin. The other fantastic work was the construction of the mosque in Istanbul. Gazi Husrev-beg were popularly known to have financed many structures in 1591 in Bosnia and in this context, this mosque, under discussion have also been funded by Gazi Husrev-beg.

The beautiful mosque has been fantastically decorated at the Dome and the Mehrab, where the IMAM, who leads the prayers stand. The mosque contains 51 windows which enlightens the mosque with ample daylight. This sunlight inside the prayer hall and other areas of the mosque throws the impression of the hall being much bigger than it really is. The most fascinating moment in the history of the mosque is that Gazi Husrev-beg is remembered and prayed for his place in JANNA.

The famous saying of Gazi Husrev-beg is quoted in his own Words “Good deeds drive away evil, and one of the most worthy of good deeds is the act of charity, and the most worthy act of charity is one which lasts forever. Of all charitable deeds, the most beautiful is one that continually renews itself “.

Most notable thing about the mosque is that this mosque was the first mosque around the Globe to receive electricity during the Austro-Hungarian rule.

During the Bosnian Serbia war, the forces of the enemy specially targeted many structures such as cultural places, libraries and mosques. It is believed that the BEG Mosque was the specific target of the anti-Muslim forces.

The mosque which was badly damaged during the war was refurbished, although not in the same manner, but still stands with the help of foreign funding. The mosque was completely renovated in 2000 and this was done by Hazim Numanagić, a calligrapher in Bosnia. The mosque has a single dome and a single minaret. The Dome’s height is 26 meters and the outer diameter is 13 meters, whereas Minaret’s height is 47 meters.

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