Karadoz Bey Mosque

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Karađoz Bey Mosque was built on the foundations of the Catholic church of Saint Stephen the Protomartyr. An Arabic foundation inscription on the mosque records that it was commissioned by Mehmed Beg b. Abu al-Saʿadat’ who was a brother of a vizier in the year AH 965 (1557-58). Some scholars have claimed that the vizier was the grand vizier Rüstem Pasha, but Rüstem Pasha is recorded as having only a single brother, Sinan Pasha.

The mosque may have been designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan. It is in the form of a domed cube fronted by a double portico. The three domes of the inner portico are supported by four marble columns. The outer portico has a shed roof resting on small octagonal pillars. The large 10.65 metres dome of the mosque sits on an octagonal fenestrated drum which is supported by eight-pointed arches.

The mosque was severely damaged during World War II, and faced near destruction during the Bosnian War in the early 1990s. However, Karađoz Bey Mosque, like the rest of Mostar, underwent extensive repairs between 2002 and 2004. The mosque was completely renovated and reopened to the public in July 2004.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Şevval Dilara (2 years ago)
The imam of the mosque Yusuf, told us about the mosque and he offered to go up to the minaret. Then we got up. It was an amazing experience to us. Hvala
İlknur Ozturk (2 years ago)
The interior decorations of the mosque are very elegant, simple and beautiful. You can climb the minaret and see the city. In addition, the Imam of the mosque, Yusuf Hodja, was helpful and sincere towards us. He answered our questions about the city and the mosque and made recommendations. We thank you.
Gabriela Galíková (2 years ago)
Jozuf welcomed us for a private tour of the mosque way after the closing hours. We were lucky. He told us briefly about the history and design of the mosque, answered all the questions, and even let us go at the very top of the mosque to get an incredible view of the whole city of Mostar. Highly recommended!
Robin Schiller (2 years ago)
I can recommend visiting the mosque to everyone. It's a very beautiful building with an old and interesting history. Inside it resembles a beautiful garden because of all the nice paintings. Also it's absolutely worth it to go up the minaret. The way up and also the view from there is wonderful! The people over there are so kind. It's a must visit when you are around mostar.
Jevon Hall (2 years ago)
This was our first mosque experience and it was amazing! They were all so friendly and welcoming. We got to climb. to the top of the tower and see the city view from above. A lot of steps but worth it! 10/10 experience
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