Emperor's Mosque

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Obala Isa-bega Ishakovića, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Emperor's Mosque in the Sarajevo quarter Bistrik was built in 1457. It is the first mosque built in Sarajevo, after the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia and the largest single-subdome mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The construction was financed by Isa-beg Isaković, the founder of the city of Sarajevo, who dedicated it to the Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The mosque was damaged several times. It was totally destroyed at the end of 15th century, rebuilt in 1565 and dedicated this time to Suleyman the Magnificent. Then it was attacked during World War II and mostly in the last war.

The octagonal minaret, whose serefe( a place where imam stands and calls on praying) are covered by stalactites, is one of the most beautiful old minarets in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Valuable tombstones from the 15- 19th century, are located in the cemetery behind the mosque. There is the grave of Isa-beg Isaković, graves of viziers, the employees in the Emperor's Mosque, along with other prominent figures living in Sarajevo. To the mosque complex was built a hammam, shops and a bridge with a caravanserai on the other side of the river.

Isa-beg financed the construction of the Mevlian tekke in the Bentbasa quarter and Kolobara han, among other objects. He laid the foundations of the city center by building imaret- public kitchen, han- inn by the road, hammam- public bath, saray- palace. The palace was specially beautiful, hence the name of the city Sarajevo.
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