Bosnian city revives the beautiful Many-Coloured Mosque
- 16 April 2019
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Travnik, located 90 kilometres to the northeast of Sarajevo, was once called the "City of Veziers" (Ottoman governors) and served as the capital of Bosnia from 1697 to 1850. It was also known as the "European Istanbul".
The Many Coloured-Mosque (officially called Sulejmanija), one of the main attractions and an important icon of Travnik, was recently reopened after restoration work.
In the presence of a large number of worshippers and representatives of religious and political life in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the mosque was opened on Saturday, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
The most remarkable features of this old mosque include its colorful decorations, frescoed façade and Islamic ornaments in the Ottoman architectural style.
What makes this mosque unique is the use of coloured wood for decoration. It is the most prominent example of a mosque with pillars in Bosnia and Herzegovina too.
Also notable is the fact that Sulejmanija is the only mosque in Bosnia with a minaret rising from the left side of the building. Its current structure dates back to 1757, although it was largely reconstructed after a major fire in 1815.
The mosque’s colors have faded, but the building remains notable for the bezistan mini bazaar built into the stone arched arcade. In fact, there has been a mosque at Travnik’s center point since the 16th century, much earlier than the current refurbished structure.
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