This spot once served as the eastern entrance to the city, and Šejhova Korija (koru, Turkish=hill, grove) was the center of religious and social life.
It is known that the earliest dervish lodges (
Long before the arrival of Isa Bey Ishaković, who laid the foundations for urban Sarajevo with his endowment, wondering Mevlevi Sufis came to this valley and erected their wooden dervish lodge on Šejhova Korija, a hill beside the river.
Later on, after Sarajevo’s founding, it was here that members of different guilds had their “kušanme” festivities, where guild apprentices were promoted to journeymen and then to masters. The first day of spring (Sultan Nevruz) and the birthday of Hazrat Ali were celebrated, iftars were held, excursions were organized….
At the base of the hill was a small cave used by dervishes for their 40-day solitary retreats.
Water from the Miljacka, which was crystal clear and teeming with trout, was used for different purposes, but water from the nearby
The Ebu Hajat spring never dried up, and it was believed that the water was holy and that a man could drink from it only after he had fallen to his knees, in sajdah. Sarajevans would take the water home with them, and it was from this spot that they offered provisions to travelers on the Carigrad Road.
An official Mevlevi
The first coffeehouse was later opened on Bentbaša, next to the tekke. Known as Šabanova Kahva, it was where Sufis, residents and city officials gathered.
The Mevlevi Bridge, an inn with a public kitchen and a small dam (bent, which is why this area is called Bentbaša),
The Mevlevi lodge on Šejhova Korija was burned when Eugene of Savoy sacked Sarajevo.
National Monument of BiH
In 2005, the Committee for the Preservation of National Monuments of BiH made the entire Isa Bey Tekke complex a National Monument. It
The tombstones with Mevlevi turbans, but no inscriptions, have remained intact as final resting places for Mevlevi sages, Sultan Ahmet and Abdul Mahmut.
Šejhova Cave and the
Isa Bey’s Tekke was damaged by many fires and