I will try to bring you closer – and explain the Ottoman heritage, its monuments, Dervishes – Sufis who remained settled in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the departure of the Ottoman Empire from this area.
With the conquest of Bosnia in the 15th and 16th centuries, some of the most famous works of Ottoman-Islamic architecture were created. We will start our journey to central Bosnia – the town of Breza, where we will visit one of the oldest and smallest domed mosques – the Old Mosque in Podgora. You will learn more about its history, who its builders are, how it remained intact in the last war an insight into a completely different world.
Then we continue our journey to the town of Visoko, known for its centuries-old way of processing leather, and it was the craftsmen of the “Guilds” that the tanners had built from their funds. We will visit the Tabačka Mosque.
We move on to Kraljeva Sutjeska, where Sultan Mehmed El Fatih himself performed a prayer during the conquest and had a mosque built on that site, one of the oldest in this area.
Our journey ends in Dervish Tekke, the family of Dervish – Sufi / Sufi Islamic scholars. Who has been linking their family tree since the beginning of the rule of the Ottoman Empire in Bosnia and Herzegovina? The cult of mysticism has always been associated with dervishes, people who interpreted Islam, but the Dervish or the main representative of the Tariqat is the “Sheikh,” the undisputed authority among the dervishes. Sheiks are not paid or have ever been treated as a separate class and must be the most learned / educated in their environment.