Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Karadoz-Bey's Mosque, Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Like at the mosques and churches of Mostar, Karađoz-Bey's Mosque was shelled heavily during the War in the early 1990s. Before that time it had been considered the most attractive of Mostar's many mosques.

The Turks occupied Mostar in 1468 and began to turn it from a small village into a major centre, they set about building a number of mosques; Karađoz-Bey's Mosque was completed in 1557 with a large dome and one of the most elegant minarets on any of Mostar's mosques. The Mosque was damaged during World War II, but remained in good condition until the War of the 1990s when the top half of the minaret was blown off and the interior gutted.

Today the dome sports alarming cracks across it's surface and the interior decorations are either badly damaged originals or simple replacements. It is still a working mosque and plans are underway for the rebuilding of the minaret.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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