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Mostar's Mosques

Mostar's Mosques

Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi, who had traveled through Mostar in 1664, said that there were 45 Muslim places of worship in Mostar at that time. Today, only 37 mosques can be located, including the ones in Babun and Musala, which served as a place to perform joint prayers.

Founders of Mostar’s mosques came from the all classes of society – some of them were tradesmen, some merchants, and some high government officials. All of Mostar's mosques are built of stone. Ćejvan – Ćehaj Mosque, Karadjoz-Bey Mosque and Koski Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque are three the most famous and the most monumental Mostar’s mosques.

Ćejvan – Ćehaj Mosque is oldest monument in the area of Mostar that is still fully preserved. It was built in 1553 near the Old Bridge and close to the left bank of the Neretva River. Originally, it was covered with lead and there was a golden ornament on the roof called alam. 

Karadjoz-Bey Mosque is the most monumental mosque in Mostar and in Herzegovina, too. It was built in 1558 by craftsmen from Dubrovnik. It consists of a central space under the dome and tall, elegant stone minaret decorated with stalactite decoration. 

Koski Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque was built in 1619 in the oldest part of Mostar, only few meters away from the Neretva River. It still has the original color and decoration of the walls, and that is why it is so special monument. The mosque still serves its purpose, and it is registered as a historical national monument.


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