Mostar – the city of mosques
When you think on Mostar and Bosnia and Herzegovina you probably immediately start to think about Islam and all that he brings with it. Unique Ottoman architecture, a special way of traditional dressing, amazing food and special places of peace for prayer, that are mosques. These unique buildings are really rear in Europe so most of the visitors in Mostar are thrilling to see it. Mostar is full of mosques as they represent the typical Ottoman style of architecture. Small, but elegant, they are structures that will amaze you from architectural and cultural way too. As a unique witness of Ottoman presence and culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina, every mosque is telling a different story to you. One of them is the Karađoz-beg Mosque („Karađoz Bey Mosque”)
Karađoz Bey Mosque
The Karađoz Bey Mosque (Karađoz-begova džamija) is the largest and one of the most beautiful mosques in Herzegovina. Besides her tall and elegant minaret, it is the mosque is known for her beautiful dome. They built it in 1557-1558 after drawings of famous Ottoman architect Sinan. It falls under one of the most alluring mosques that Mostar can offer you. The mosque is listed as one of the national monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is perfect for those who want to experience Islam as a religion and Ottoman architecture. Mehmed beg Karađoz donated mecena for this mosque and he was the main donor. Besides this mosque, he built madrasa, religious school, and many other buildings in Mostar.
This Mosque is located in the city center, just a few minutes of walking from the Old Bridge, so if you are coming to Mostar, Karađoz Bey Mosque should definitely be on your list. There are many more mosques in Mostar, but this is the most important one.
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