Type: Architecture, Religious, Historical
Right in the center of the harem (courtyard) of Gazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque, and just a few steps from the entrance off Sarači Street, is a large and lovely šadrvan (covered public water fountain). The water is used by worshippers as they take their ritual ablutions (abdest) before prayers and by thirsty travelers and passersby.
The first šadrvan was built here in
Due to Sarajevo’s severe winters, the water would sometimes freeze and the šadrvan would be out of service. It was for this reason that it underwent reconstruction in 1772 so that it would function as well as it had when it was first installed.
The šadrvan’s current
During the last war, the wooden roof was
The last thorough reconstruction of the šadrvan was completed in 2002, when all of the inner parts were fully replaced, allowing the fountain to serve Sarajevans, as well as travelers who pass through, for many years to come.
At the western entrance, the one coming from Mudželiti Veliki into the courtyard, and next to the wall of the ladies’