'ROGO ZADE' MOSQUE IN SARAJEVO – One of the smallest mosques in the world
The Sarajevo mosque, with an unusual name – Rogo Zade, was built in 1660, according to the inscription on the door of the mosque, and its total surface is just over 50 m². This is the smallest mosque in the region and Europe, but also one of the smallest in the world. It was built under the Sarajevo settlement Sedrenik, in the Rogina 1 street. In fact, the mosque was restored in 1972, and before that, its surface was even smaller than the current one. As there are numerous mosques in Sarajevo’s nearby settlements, Sedrenik and Grlić hill, the Rogo Zade mosque is visited by a very small number of believers, and it is like a symbol of the city.
The mosque also houses a turban (Muslim cemetery) with three mezzars. It is believed that Hungarian Muslims were buried in them, who came to these areas 300 years ago, fleeing from the inquisition, in the (then) Hungary. The legend further states that a part of the Hungarian Muslims settled in Sarajevo, above the Sumbul mahala and near the mosque, built by Rogo Zade. It is believed that among the immigrants from Hungary there were three rich families, who left Hungary, leaving all their behind. The legend says that some members of these families were buried just outside the mosque of the Rogo Zade, where the people later built them turbe.
Around the mosque there is a cemetery (muslim cemetery) with around 20 ‘nišans’ (monuments). In one of the tombs there are the remains of the famous Bosniak historian Sidki Muvakkit Hadzihuseinovic, author of the famous work “Tarih-i-Bosna”, written in Turkish, published under the title “History of Bosnia” in Sarajevo, 1999.
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