Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque Mostar Reviews
Tourist Mosque Mar 13, 2015
This has got to be the most touristic mosque in Bosnia, not that there are many touristic mosques in the World to begin with as compared to Temples or Churches.
We paid an entrance ticket to enter the mosque. There is a different price between entering the mosque and going up the Minaret. Considering that there is nothing much to see in the Mosque (since the prayer hall is quite small, very minimally decorated and not well preserved, partly could be because the country is so poor and they are still slowly in the process of recovering from the War in 1990s) so of course I intend to go up the Minaret!
Do note that you are not allowed to bring bottled water inside the mosque. I do not understand the rationale behind this. The keepers are afraid you throw your bottle water from on top of the Minaret? Or throw your water from the Minaret?
So we entered the mosque (this mosque unlike most Mosques I have been to and I am Muslim), it allows visitors to enter even if they are dressed in bermudas/shorts and females are not expected to cover up which is pretty weird. You can also enter with your shoes? So I deem this to be a tourist mosque as in normal circumstances, one must be respectfully dressed when entering the house of God, not just mosques but in many temples or even some Churches, you are expected to be respectfully dressed and shoes are always a no-no in Mosques.
Anyway, we had to wait for about 15 minutes before we were allowed to climb up the Minaret to avoid overcrowding. Nobody checked your ticket to see whether or not you had paid to go up the Minaret! When we arrived at the top of the Minaret, it was still quite crowded and difficult to move pass a person as apparently some tourists are “hogging” the Minaret. They are just staying there for as long as they could, that you are passing body to body to make your way around the Minaret to get different views of the town!
One thing for sure, on top of this Minaret - you get a panaromic view of Mostar and get good pictures of the river and the bridge. So for that, it is highly recommended to climb up the Minaret.
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