Turkish House (Kajtaz)
Biscevica Corner, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Turkish House (Kajtaz) Mostar Reviews
Tukish House Mostar Jul 05, 2010
Follow the signs for the Biscevica Kuca to find this little gem. 2KM(€) to get in, but well worth it.
From the minute we went in the girl as the desk bombarded us with information on the history of the house. Built in 1635, it was only in recent that the family that owns it moved out to allow it to be used as a museum.
Doesn't look much from the outside, as all you see are the walls topped with shards of glass :O.
Inside the courtyard though it is beautiful. Girl explained the high walls were for the privacy of the muslim women, so that they didn't have to be covered up all the time. The courtyard has a strange pattern of raised smooth stones, that not only help drainage, but are designed for foot massage as well.
The girl switched the fountain on for us. It has 12 spouts,one for each month, that flow into 4 pots,one for each season, amd around the fountain are three stones signifying the stages of life, birth ,living and death.
You have to take your shoes off to go into the main part of the house, not for any religious reasons i think, but more to protect the old carpets.
The house is set out as it was hundreds of years ago. When you get to the top of the stairs you realise that you've actually enetered the house through a trapdoor.
The outer room has seats in it, and also a work area with where they used to work the wool. Off it a bedroom is set up for a nursing mother.
The main room is brillian with big long couches and loads of tables. Lots of paintings and family pictures around the room. You can sit on the couch in the big bay window and get a great view down to the river.
Back out in the courtyard in one corner there is the kitchen, wisely built away from the house because of the risk of fire. In the other corner is the toilet.
At the cash desk, they sell books and postcards,but you can also get teas and coffees as well as freshly squeezed orange juice. In the courtyard are about a dozen tortoises wandering about. There was only one to begin with, that belonged to the family that lived there, and other people have 'donated' more tortoises so that it didn't get lonely :D.
A great look back at the Ottoman influence in Bosnia and really well preserved.
Part of the Balkans Summer Tour - July 2010 travel blog
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