Insight on the most famos sights that we will visit:

 

GAZI HUSREF BEY

 The Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque is considered the most important Islamic structure in the country and one of the world’s finest examples of Ottoman architecture.The Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque was built by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan.  Gazi Husrev-beg is widely considered Sarajevo’s greatest patron, as he financed much of  Sarajevo’s old city at this time. Magnificent stalactite ornamentation in the angles under the dome and in the place where the imam leads the prayers, as well as other polychromatic decoration, valuable carpets and the light effects through the 51 windows produces a sense of greater space than there is in reality.


Old Jewish Temple

old jewish templeThe history of the Jews in Sarajevo can be traced back over 400 years ago when the first Jews arrived in Sarajevo as early as 1541 via Salonika.  They were mostly artisans, merchants, pharmacists, and doctors.  They built their own quarter, dubbed El Cortijo (the courtyard), in 1577 with permission from the pasha Siavush.  The community built a synagogue in El Cortijo in 1580 with the help of a Turkish benefactor, in a building called Velika Avlija.  By the end of the 16th century, the building where Velika Avlija stood became known as old Jewish Cathedral, Sarajevo’s first synagogue.

In the 17th century, Jews of Ashkenazi descent began arriving in Sarajevo, fleeing persecution from Europe.  The Jews already established in the city were of Sephardic descent, and the two communities remained separate until the advent of World War II. The most known Jewish Haggadah is cherished in the temple in Sarajevo.


Catholic cathedral 

 

Catholic cathedralThe Cathedral of Jesus’ Heart in Sarajevo is the largest cathedral in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A pretty yet unspectacular church on Sarajevo‘s main pedestrian street. Well restored after being heavily damaged in the war, it was built in 1889 by the Josip Vancas, the same architect who designed the post office. And also here, Vancas copied another building, in this case the Notre Dame cathedral in Dijon (France). Its till is an essential addition to the town‘s religious cityscape – within a few hundred meters you‘ll find Sarajevo‘s main Catholic. Orthodox, Muslim and Jewish buildings. Interestingly, the painting on the wall next to the cathedral door is the only one we‘ve ever seen in a Catholic church with a depiction of a mosque.


 

Old Orthodox church 

An anomaly between the mosques, the ancient Serbian Orthodox church of St. Michael the Archangel dates from medieval times, the foundations and the unusual arcade structures are even early Christian (5th/6thcentury). Although the building is plain, grey and squat seen from outside, the icy cold interior is beautiful, with a large balcony (for the women)and a carved wooden iconostases, the screen holding icons that shields off the altar. Often destroyed by fire, the current structure that dates from 1740 was ironically badly damaged by Serb shells during the seige.  The cavernous sand icy-cold interior of the Church of the Most Holy Mother of God from 1868 is worth peeking into for the large iconostases holding icons made in Russia, installed here by Russian masons sent by Tsar Alexander II. As a proof of religious tolerance, Sultan Abdul Aziz (as well as the prince of Serbia) donated 500 gold ducats towards the construction of the building.

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