Museum "Ghazi Husrev-bey"

Kurshumli Madrasa

Opposite the mosque, or on the north side of the mosque, behind the street wall, Ghazi Husrev-bey’s Madrasa (an advanced school) stands, built and founded in 1537. Ghazi Husrev-bey built this madrasa in remembrance of his mother princes Seljukia and gave it the name “Seljukia”, but the people gave it the name Kurshumli (kuršum – Turkish word for lead) because of its roof being covered with lead. As an architectural monument this madrasa belongs to the most beautiful monuments of the old Sarajevo, just as magnificent as the mosque. The front of the Kurshumli Madrasa, with its entrance and doorjambs, is higher than the building of the madrasa, which, due to its exceptional beauty, leaves a strong impression on any visitor. Above the door, lined up in symmetrical rows, are the stalactites that totally take up the vaulted recess within the massive doorjambs that face upwards. On both sides of the doorjambs, hewed out of solid rock, are two polygon recesses each of them surpassed by a system of stalactite that gradually becomes narrower. Above the entrance door of the madrasa is a stone tablet 180 X 60 cm in size, which has an engraved inscription written in verse and in Arabic language. The inscription is situated inside six elliptical spaces edged with flowers and arabesques, and its translation is as follows:

"This edifice buildeth for those who seeketh knowledge, And for the love of God who answers our prayers, Ghazi Husrev, commander of the champions of faith, (He is) the source of benefaction, the pride of the righteous. Fejzur-rab toldeth it a chronogram: Meeting place of the good, home of the perfect."

Muzej Gazi Husrev-beg unutrašnjost

By assigning numerical value to the Arabic letters used in the last distich we get the year the madrasa was built in – 1537 AD. When one enters its atrium, many interesting details attract the attention of the visitor; the gracious symmetrical domes and the pointed chimneys, and a colonnade of pillars of exceptional beauty. Around the atrium are the rooms inside which softas (students) of the madrasa resided, and opposite the main entrance is a dershana (the great lecture hall). In the middle of the atrium is a small water fountain thatharmoniously fits into the peaceful surroundings with which it creates an impressive architectural whole. At one time Ghazi Husrev-bey’s Madrasa was an educational institution that was in a class by itself in the Balkans and was second to none from here to Istanbul. It is for this reason that Kurshumli Madrasa can be rightly considered the forerunner of today’s University of Sarajevo, and especially the Faculty of Islamic Studies and the Faculty of Law.

Details

Ticket Purchase
Buy the tickets in information office in the harem (courtyard) of the Bey’s mosque.
Entrance
After the entrance visitors are making tour of looking at exposed museum pieces and at the same time they can examine the building as an unique representative of the Ottoman architecture. The boards in Bosnian and English language are exposed in the atrium of the building decribing Ghazi Husrev-bey’s origin, the establisment of Ghazi Husrev-bey’s waqf and Bey’s mosque with buildings in the nearby surrounding.
Film about the establishment of Ghazi Husrev-bey's waqf
In a dershana (lecture hall) of the Kurshumli madrasa visitors can watch a film lasting for 12 minutes in Bosnian or English language. The film is about the establishment of Ghazi Husrev-bey’s waqf and his influence on the community development and Sarajevo city
Tour of Exhibits
The replicas of original transcripts of Ghazi Husrev-bey’s waqfnama and the replics of the old documents issued by Ottoman sultans are also exposed in the dershana (lecture hall) as well as some other subjects which are part of the inheritance in Ghazi Husrev-bey’s waqf. In the one of twelve smaller rooms which once served as students’ classrooms some museum pieces used in muvekhitana are exposed.

3 KM/person

or group tickets

Children 8-13 years

1 KM/child

Children 0-7 years

No entrance fee

Brochure Available

In the information office you can also buy two kinds of brochures about Ghazi Husrev- bey's waqf, in Bosnian and English language. The brochure price is 4 KM and one which has more details is priced 6 KM.

Working Hours

  • 01.04 - 31.10
  • 31.10 - 01.04.

Morning:

  • 09:00 h - 13:00 h

Afternoon:

  • 13:30 h 20:00 h

(every day except: Saturdays, Sundays, the muslim religious holidays and national holidays)

Morning:

  • 09:00 h - 12:00 h

Afternoon:

  • 12:30 h - 17:00 h

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