Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Sarajevo

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Sarajevo (must see)

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque is a Sunni Islam mosque in the historic center of Sarajevo. This 16th-century mosque was designed by architect Acem Esir Ali using Early Period, Classical Ottoman architecture. Construction was completed in 1530. Along with the mosque, the plans included Islamic primary and secondary schools, a public bath, and a marketplace.

The mosque was retrofitted with electricity and indoor lighting in 1898 under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was the first mosque in the world to have these modern conveniences.

The mosque was targeted by Serbians during the Siege of Sarajevo. It suffered major destruction, but reconstruction efforts began almost immediately at the end of the siege. The new interior was designed by contemporary Bosnian calligrapher Hazim Numanagic.

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque is considered the largest historical mosque in the country. It is also one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Visitors are welcome to tour the mosque and its museum daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.

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Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque on Map

Sight Name: Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Sight Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (See walking tours in Sarajevo)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Create Your Own Walk in Sarajevo

Create Your Own Walk in Sarajevo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sarajevo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ottoman Empire Landmarks Walk

Ottoman Empire Landmarks Walk

Sarajevo is a city founded by the Ottoman Empire upon conquering the region, 1461 is most often referred to as the founding year. Today, there are a number of landmarks built by the first Ottoman governor of Bosnia that endured over the centuries. Take this self-guided walking tour to see the most impressive Ottoman landmarks in the city of Sarajevo.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Sarajevo Introduction Walking Tour

Sarajevo Introduction Walking Tour

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also the country's largest city. This historical and picturesque city is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and rests along both banks of the Miljacka River.

The city was established by the Ottoman Empire around 1461. It was named "Sarajevo," which means "the plains around the palace." The name is derived from the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Siege of Sarajevo Walking Tour

Siege of Sarajevo Walking Tour

The Siege of Sarajevo was an extended battle in the city during the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1996. It is known to be the most prolonged siege of a capital city, having lasted several months longer than the early 20th century Siege of Madrid.

The Bosnian War began when Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. The city was blockaded by the Serbs and bombarded by bombs, tanks,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles