Masjid is for muslim the oasis of peace

Masjid is for muslim the oasis of peace

The term faith dates back to the very beginning of civilization. The primary goal of every believer is a connection with God and the most effective way is prayer. Prayer is the establishment of a relationship with the form of a spiritual being and presupposes the existence of a transcendental force that overcomes man in every way and with which he can communicate. In the primitive and superficial understanding of religion, especially among natural people, exists a danger that man will regard his desires as a measure of divine power. To pray means to talk to a spiritual being and to stay with him, to express thoughts and feelings, etc. Adil – bey Zulfikarpašić who was politician and publicist had written a new page in the history of Bosnian – Herzegovinian foundations, by establishing Bosniak Institute in Zurich in 1988 with desire to move it to Bosnia and Herzegovina one day. In early 2001, after the completion of construction of a new building with modern equipment and transfer of the main funds (library, archive, collection of artistic works) from the Institute in Zurich, the Bosniak Institute – Foundation of Adil – bey Zulfikarpašić began working in Sarajevo. The Bosniak Institute is decorated by many things, but one of them has a special beauty and it attracts the attention of every visitor. Precisely speaking, it is a masjid placed inside the Bosniak Institute. Masjid is a place in which Muslims perform their religious duties, leaving all gloomy thoughts and worries out of the masjid and pray in peace. As soon as yo enter the masjid, you will be enchanted by its inside beauty. On the walls can be seen beautiful Arabic texts and decorative patterns that remind us on decorating walls that dates back to the Ottoman period. The floor is covered with antique woven rugs that makes you get lost in the beauty of the decorative patterns that are on it. Also, there is a stand for tespih (Muslims use it when they finish the prayer) and a stand for the Qur’an (the Holy Book of the Muslims), and, of course, rugs on which Muslims perform their prayers.  

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The turbeh of seven brothers – legend says…

The turbeh of seven brothers – legend says...

The turbeh of the seven brothers is a jedler tekke in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  In 1879, Sejfulah Iblizović founded the jedler tekke of the Kashbendi Order. This was initially a room for the guard of the turbeh of the seven brothers, which was built along with the turbeh by Sulejman-pasha Skopljak around 1815. The tradition says that some of the sheiks were buried there, who came with Sultan Fatih.

Later, two dervishes were buried there, suspected and innocently executed on the occasion of the theft of money from the Sarajevo pagans in 1494. There were buried four captains also, whom Mustafa-pasha Dalbatan decided to destroy, because they did not inform in a timely manner of the army of Prince Eugen of Savoy in Sarajevo in 1697.

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THE ETERNAL FLAME – THE FLAME THAT CARRIES A MEMORY OF THE LIBERATORS OF SARAJEVO

THE ETERNAL FLAME – THE FLAME THAT CARRIES A MEMORY OF THE LIBERATORS OF SARAJEVO

In the morning of the November 27th, 1947, the Eternal flame fascinated people of Sarajevo by its beauty. The flame it was carrying, and still carries today, is a reminder of the liberators of Sarajevo in the Second World War. People from Sarajevo, people who do not accept monuments easily, accepted this monument very quickly.

In that period, when there was no disco in the city and cafes on each step, the Eternal Fire became a gathering place for young people who called it a “burning tire”. This simple, yet very beautiful symbol of Sarajevo is work of Juraj Najhart. Located at the facade of the building that was originally Grand Hotel, and then the residence of Zemaljska banka, the Social Book Service, today it would be the seat of the Payment Bureau. In the heart of the Sarajevo Walking Zone, this monument connects the three streets: Mula Mustafe Bašeskije, Titova and Ferhadija. It consists of a plaque with the text which reads.

The courage and jointly spilled blood of fighters of the Bosnian Serb, Croat, Montenegrin and Serbian brigades of the famous Yugoslav army, joint efforts and victims of the Sarajevo patriots Serbs, Muslims and Croats, Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina was freed.

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RIMSKI MOST- DO YOU KNOW HOW ‘ROMAN BRIDGE’ GOT IT’S NAME, ALTHOUGH ROMANS NEVER CROSSED OVER IT?

RIMSKI MOST- DO YOU KNOW HOW 'ROMAN BRIDGE' GOT IT'S NAME, ALTHOUGH ROMANS NEVER CROSSED OVER IT?

The bridge at Plandište, better known as the Roman Bridge, is located in the Ilidza area, and it has a lot of history behind it.

The bridge at Plandište, better known as the ‘Roman Bridge’, is located in the Ilidza area, and it has a lot of history behind it. It is located at the western entrance to Sarajevo, about two kilometers downstream from the source of the river Bosna. It is not known exactly which year was built and who was responsible for its existence, but for the first time it is mentioned by the Venetian Katarin Zeno in the 16th century, who said that there is a stone bridge on the Bosna River, with seven arches. Which would mean that the Roman bridge existed at the time of the Middle Ages. During that period, Bosnia was in direct relation with Dubrovnik, and it is assumed that there must have been a bridge in the Middle Ages due to the trade route and the transfer of goods, across the river.

This bridge is said to be a paradox, its name is the Roman Bridge, and not a single Roman crossed over that bridge. But, there is an explanation for everything. The bridge we know today was built in the Ottoman period on the foundations of the Roman bridge that existed there before. There is a theory that the Roman Bridge was built of Roman tombstones that were in the immediate vicinity, and that is why it is called the Roman Bridge, but these are just assumptions.

The truth is that the bridge is striking and that it looks magnificent in every season. In winter, it fits perfectly into the snowy whiteness, while in summer the surrounding trees and greenery create a very beautiful scene. The Roman bridge, for its beauty and history, gazes its eyes and represents a building that is quite visited by photographers, who use the opportunity for beautiful photographs that can be made here.

Bridges do not leave us indifferent, some cause admiration and awe while others are enchanting. The Roman bridge fascinates and causes a stir. In addition to the Latin Cuprija, Kozija Cuprija and Seher-Cehajina cuprija, the Roman Bridge is one of the fourth preserved stone bridge in the area of Sarajevo. The natural-architectural ensemble of the Most in Plandište (Roman Bridge, Bridge over the river Bosna in Plandište) was proclaimed in 2005 as a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Enjoy the shots recorded by our team!

 

 

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ZERINA KOZLO: “When you grow up into a musical family, it is inevitable that music becomes part of you”

ZERINA KOZLO: "When you grow up into a musical family, it is inevitable that music becomes part of you"

Music is an universal language that everyone understands. There’s a lot things in music that positively affects people and improves their mood. It is a special type of art in which an interpreter expresses exactly what can not be said, and what is hard to keep silent. An old folk says that musicians are the ones who make a lot of people happy, but at the same time they are people who do not like neighbors, because they are constantly disturbing peace. We, in our neighborhood, here in Kakanj, in the vicinity of Sarajevo, have found the real musical family Kozlo, and, at least to us, the authors of this article, music performed by this young artist does not bother us.

Since olden times, the Kozlo family spoke the universal language of music. Tradition, culture, chores and traditions of music were passed on to new generations. One of the youngest members of this music family is Zerina Kozlo. A young interpreter and artist who presents her talent through playing a flute, quite well. She started playing a flute in the seventh grade, after her friend suggested her that idea. She thought she would give up very quickly because she was in her teenage years, however her life turned her in the other direction, where she started slowly moving forward, building herself as an artist, with a continuous work and development. In the seventh grade of elementary school she joined ‘Rudarska glazba’ in Kakanj, whose  member she’s even today.

She attended the ‘Music School’ in Kakanj, and is currently attending ‘Srednja zubotehnicka skola’ in Zenica. Attending the ‘Elementary music school’ in Kakanj, she had a couple of performances at the shows in Kakanj and Zenica, where she was noted by the ‘Rudarska glazba’ conductor. To her great surprise, he offered her to join ‘Rudarska glazba’. Unfortunately, she did not have the opportunity to present her artistic skills at the competitions.

Asked if there might be sensations from Kakanj, such as ‘2Cellos’, Zerina responded a bit more modestly, that it’s a big challenge, because they are a world-recognized duo, but that she has something else planned. Her plan is to join, with a couple of flutes, and make a band that would try to play famous ex Yu melodies and songs, and to make a breakthrough in the Blakans. She says it’s realistic because she tried to play some famous songs on flute, and since it’s a very innovative way of performing, she thinks people would be pleased to listen to her performances.

From the significant performances that Zerina had, she emphasized the performance at a concert of ‘Film Music’ organized in Kakanj and for which there was a great interest. It’s not a classic concert, but a slightly different performance, her father said that it’s actually a musical. The excellent performance of the musical has triggered many stories across the region, so young artists received a call for performances in Zagreb and other cities. However, financial resources enabled them to organize the musical in only a couple of nearby cities.

We talked to Zerina in Sarajevo, where we also recorded a promotional video clip worth watching and listening to!

 

 

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‘ROGO ZADE’ MOSQUE IN SARAJEVO – One of the smallest mosques in the world

'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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The Sarajevo’s room of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia

The Sarajevo's room of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia

Though it was neither the largest nor the most luxurious, as you see yourself, the room of Austrian Heir to the Throne Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia, however, has been decorated with charm, elegance and splendor. It is well known that Franz Ferdinand and his spouse  Sofia came to Sarajevo , among other things, to visit Austrian troops on military maneuvers. Although the visit was supposed to be short, the accommodation was a splendid at that time. You can notice that the interior of the room is warm. When we look at furniture and all the other objects in the room, it looks like we’re present there. We have the feeling that the furniture is so unique and expensive, that we are simply afraid of thinking of sitting on a royal sofa or using tea with biscuits from royal china cupcakes. In this beautiful room, the Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofia spent their last night.

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Weapons exhibition that calls to preserve the cultural heritage and power of interpretation of the history trough material elements(video+360 Photographs)

Weapons exhibition that calls to preserve the cultural heritage and power of interpretation of the history trough material elements(video+360 Photographs)

Within the exhibition in the Bosnian Institute – Adil Zurfikarpasic foundation there are few example of weapons and firearms from the period of XV til XX century. The weapons often symbolise the time from when it dates, so is with these examples. They show power, progress and the creative spirit of the time that it dates from. Also, one of the characteristics of the weapons is showing and maintaining the status of the man in society as a symbol of the protector of the family and house. Actually these weapons characterise Bosnia and Herzegovina from that period and from which we can see the progress and the competence for the war. There are few examples of weapons that were used in our country -Jatagan- or -Handzar- which is a type of long knife that was usually carried by men in Bosnia and Herzgovina. -Sablja- was a common equipment between weapons that came in our country rough the Ottoman Empire, and very quickly the small shotgun called -Kabura-. There were few more firearms that gained their names by the place where they were produces. The biggest firearms that men were carrying were this long shotguns, so called -Sisane-. Actually the weapons were produced in many places in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with those were opened stores that were selling weapons. The weapon is a characteristical part of the material and non material heritage. The men were using it as a display of the power and status so they were giving big attention to the production of the weapon. Beside that it was very important to have weapons that are richly decorated so that process was made with different caligpaphical methods and sometimes they were embellished with stones and mother of pearl. It was interesting that the men were not showing on big events without expensive weapons and the same was not intended for fights. If you look at this weapons you can clearly see the status of Bosnia and Herzegovina in this period. Its very important the existence of an exhibition like this, that calls for the preservation of the cultural heritage and the power of interpretation of the history trough material evidence. With that it gives to all of us space to conclude something abut the weapons from the period from XV-XX century.

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Bosnian room is Bascarsija in four walls

Bosnian room is Bascarsija in four walls

If you wish to meet a man, look over his threshold. Probably we all heard of this expression even tho we never asked ourself about the meaning. Very often the things we present in front of our homes is not a mirror of what is really happening. The same is with people, the outside look, the smile, the joy. All that does not reflect the inside of the soul. Even thought, there is always a nice smelling flowers inside the weeds. Wondering inside the box of memories, old stories and cartoons from The Bosnia and Herzegovina history and culture we feel the smell of the flowers in the old Bosnian room.

The Bosnian room consists of the shirt sofas that are usually put on the edges of the room, and the bedside that are under the windows, so the one who is sitting on the sofa can look over the window and see his yard. The curtains on the the window are always homemade. Very ofter they are brought in the home as inheritance of the bride. Those curtains are the most beautiful details thats stands out in the room. In the middle of the room there is usually a wooden coffee table, and somewhere in the corner there is a metal table usually used to serve the food.

On the other side there is a wooden cabinet where you usually would keep the sheets and blankets. This room would transform itself very quickly from a dining room to a bedroom. The plates to serve the food in the Bosnian room would usually be from coper, aluminium or wood. The unique details are for sure the woodcraft parts of the furniture, the craftwork that even today represent a form of art that is on the UNESCO lis of cultural heritage.

The Bosnian room is a very important segment of the history, as well as the present of our people, our existing and being. All that it contains has an extraordinary meaning fo the architectonical puzzle of our County. Before it was used for rest, enjoying the day from morning till night. Its is really a pleasure to drink the Bosnian coffee, too eat our traditional sweets and talk till the dawn knocks on the windows. For real the Bosnian room brings with itself out of ordinary stories in an ordinary place. Unfortunately, beside the museum examples and the exhibit in the Bosnian Institute they are really rare the places where you can have that kind of experience, and the opportunity to enjoy the Bosnian room. If you go lil bit deeper in thinking of the Bosnian room and remember out sofas, homemade curtains, coper plates and all those symbols, do you remember something. When I close my eyes and think of the Bosnian room i remember Bascarsija. For me Bascarsija is a Bosnian room in four walls, and for you? If you are not sure and you cant connect with your thoughts, the best thing is to go visit the Bosnian room in the Bosnian Institute. Experience it as it was before, full of pleasure so you can walk with Bascarsija in four walls.

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