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Type: Architecture, Religious, Historical, National Treasure
Ali Pasha’s Mosque in Sarajevo is part of the vakuf (endowment) established by Hadim Ali Pasha, who was born in Sarajevo Field. He was raised in Istanbul, where he received his education, and later carried out his service in the Ottoman Army in both Bosnia and Buda.
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It is presumed that the mosque was built in 1560 or 1561 and it is considered one of the most harmonious and loveliest mosques to be built in the classical Ottoman style in BiH.
The courtyard of the mosque contains Ali Pasha’s tomb, as well as the resting places for many other prominent Bosnians.
The gravestones for the dervishes, Ajni Dede and Šemsi Dede, were moved to the courtyard, as both men had come to Sarajevo as members of the entourage for Sultan Mehmed II “the Conqueror”.
The men were first interred in mausoleums across from the mosque, where the Hygienic Institute is located today. Their gravestones are counted among the oldest monuments from Ottoman Sarajevo.