Karadjoz Beg Mosque
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Karadjoz Beg Mosque Mostar Reviews
Worth going to the top Nov 22, 2011
There are 2 mosques to visit in Mostar, and one of them is Karadjoz Beg Mosque (sometimes written as Karadozbeg Bey or Karadzozbeg Bey, as I'm not sure of exact spelling). As the only one opened at the time, I went to this one.
This mosque was back in 1557 during Ottoman rule. Later, it was damaged during the Bosnian War, but has quickly been rebuilt. Now, it is open to visitors.
Inside, you get to see the inside of the mosque, like balcony where women pray as they are separate from the men. And the little marking across the doorway, is the direction towards Mecca, where Muslims face when praying.
You can only have shoes on, while on blue carpet only. Any other color carpet, and you have to remove your shoes to walk on it, as it is considered sacred ground.
Each mosque has a tower called a minaret. And in this one, you can climb to the top of the minaret for nice views of Mostar and the surrounding area. You can see the cross on top of a mountain, and some damaged buildings in the town. Well worth the climb, if you decide to do it.
But to let everyone know, the steps are uneven and steep, and dark at times. Plus the stairway can be narrow and cramped, so there is the potential to bump your head your head when coming back down. Something to consider if you decide to climb to the top.
In any case, a visit inside the mosque is very much worth it, along with the climb to the top of the minaret.
Part of the Croatia / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Slovenia 2011 travel blog
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