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Type: Architecture, Religious, Historical
The Mevlevi Tekke was built on Bentbaša in 1462 or 1463 by Isa Bey Ishaković and was one of the first Islamic places of worship in Sarajevo.
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It belonged to the Mevlevi Tariqat (dervish order) which started after the death of the Islamic theologian and philosopher, Jalal ad-Din Rumi, author of the famous Mathnawi.
The tekke was first destroyed when Eugene of Savoy attacked Sarajevo in 1697.
It was rebuilt in 1781 by the Ottoman Governor, Vedžihi Pasha, only to be totally destroyed by Communist authorities in 1957.
The late imam of the Emperor’s Mosque, Hajji Hafez Halid Efendi Hadžimulić, who kept alive the tradition of expounding upon Rumi’s Mathnawi in Sarajevo, expressed his wish for the tekke to be rebuilt once more.
The new tekke was built as part of the Memorial Complex on Kovači, below the Yellow Fortress. Construction was financed by donations from the Municipality of Selçuklu in Konya (Turkey) and the tekke was officially opened in the spring of 2013.