Ali Pasha Mosque (Sarajevo)

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Ali Pasha Mosque
Ali Pasha's Mosque, Sarajevo.jpg
AffiliationSunni Islam
LocationSarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Geographic coordinates43°51′28.5″N 18°24′45.5″E / 43.857917°N 18.412639°E / 43.857917; 18.412639Coordinates: 43°51′28.5″N 18°24′45.5″E / 43.857917°N 18.412639°E / 43.857917; 18.412639
StyleOttoman architecture
Funded bySofu Hadım Ali Pasha

Ali Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Ali Paşa Camii) or Alipašina džamija was constructed in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1560–61 as a vakıf—the legacy or perpetual endowment—of Sofu Hadım Ali Pasha, an Ottoman statesman who served as the governor of the Bosnia Eyalet of the Ottoman Empire amongst other roles, after his death in September 1560.


The mosque was built according to the classical Istanbul architectural style. A dome covers the prayer area and three smaller domes cover the cloister. Its proportions make it the largest sub-dome mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The grounds of the complex contain a mausoleum (türbe) with two sarcophagi—those of Avdo Sumbul and Behdžet Mutevelić, Gajret activists who died in the dungeons of Arad. The Ali Pasha Mosque was heavily damaged by Serbian forces during the Yugoslav War of the early 1990s, especially the dome.[1] The most recent renovation of the mosque occurred in 2004 and in January 2005, the Commission to Preserve National Monuments issued a decision to add the Ali Pasha Mosque to the list of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]

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  1. ^ State Commission for Gathering Facts on War Crimes in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzogovina, Bulletin no. 1, Sarajevo, October 1992
  2. ^ Bosna i Hercegovina Komisija/Povjerenstvo za Ocuvange Nacionalnih Spomenika, January 2005