Gazi Husrev -beg's Turbe

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Gazi Husrev-begovo turbe Aug 18, 2017
Gazi Husrev- beg was the greatest donor and builder of Sarajevo, considered as the second real founder of Sarajevo.

G.Husrev- beg was a capable military strategist and considered to be the most important governor of Ottoman Bosnia. He was born in Serez( Aegean Macedonia) in 1480 where his father Ferhat-beg, a Bosnian, was a sandzak-beg, a governor. His mother was the Turkish princess Selcuk, the daughter of Sultan Bayazit II.

Gazi Husrev-beg fought against the Venetians, Hungarians, in less than three years he conquered Knin, Skradin and Ostrovica. Under his leadership, the Ottoman army advanced rapidly. Gazi Husrev-beg won the fortified cities Greben, Sokol, Jezero, Vinac, Vrbaški Grad, Livač, Karmatin, Bočac, Udbina, Vrana, Modruc and Požega. He has been prominent in many important conquests in Dalmatia, Slavonia, Croatia and Hungary. In 1521, before the arrival in Bosnia, he gained the Knight's title of gazy, or hero, which was given to prominent Ottoman warriors and heroes for military successes and courage due to his merit in conquering Belgrade.

After the war, Gazi Husrev-beg, by the decision of the Imperial Divan, was named Sandzak-beg of Bosnia in 1521 in Sarajevo and his great construction projects began immediately.

He restored the Emperor's mosque and built the famous Gazi Husrev-bey's mosque, library, medresa, clock tower, hamam, hospital, bezistan, a covered market of most diverse textile goods and many other important buildings. He built the famous Tashlihan, a huge caravan, an array of rich commercial caravans that have been coming to this city for centuries from the East and West. He constructed a water supply and brought water from a source seven kilometers away from Sarajevo into 40 public fountains. It was one of the first waterworks in Europe. Sarajevo was transformed from Kasaba into a rich city with developed trade and crafts. With his testaments he endowed his entire fortune for the mosque, imare, haniqah, musafirhana, madrasa, library...

The Old Orthodox Church in Sarajevo, several hundred steps away from his monumental mosque, was built in his time. At the same time, the Franciscan monasteries in Visoko and Fojnica near Sarajevo are being restored, and in the district of Latinluk, in the vicinity of his mosque, there is also a Catholic chapel.

During his life, Gazi Husrev-beg built two turbe, a bigger and octagonal one for himself and a smaller for Murat Beg Tardić, his duke and deputy, who conquered the fortified tower of Klis in 1527. Turbe is a closed mausoleum, built in the 16th century above a grave of famous people.

Gazi Husrev-beg lost his life in a battle in Montenegro in 1541. His body was transferred to Sarajevo and buried in the harem of his mosque. Above the entrance to the Beg's turbe there is a stone slab, on which is engraved the inscription in verses in Arabic. The interior was decorated with caligraphic scriptures and quotations from the Qur'an. Gazi's sarcophagus is covered with gold embroidery. Turbets were restored in 1895 and in 2002.
7 / 7 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Congrats on your featured review. Well done and well deserved. - I don't remember this turbe from our visit
to Sarajevo.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2017
walterman9999 says:
Congrats Em on your featured review, very good historical!
Posted on: Aug 25, 2017
starship1 says:
Great information about the man and history of this area!
Posted on: Aug 25, 2017
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