Banja Luka

Ferhadija Mosque

Bosnia and Herzegovina is full of magnificent Ottoman architecture, but few of its mosques carry the grace and grandeur of Banja Luka’s Ferhadija Mosque. The mosque was built when the Ottoman Empire was at the peak of its powers, with its iconic minaret thrusting skywards with an elegance that is difficult to match. The mosque was callously destroyed during the war of the 1990s, but has since been rebuilt to match its original specifications, with more than 50% of the original material used in the reconstruction. Three mausoleums are found within the grounds of the mosque, gardens that exude their own special type of serenity.

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