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Pursuant to Article V para. 4 Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Article 39 para. 1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, at a session held from 15 to 21 March the Commission adopted a






The historic monument of the Magribija mosque in Sarajevo is hereby designated as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: the National Monument).

The National Monument is located on a site designated as cadastral plot no.  832 (new survey), cadastral municipality Centar Sarajevo VII, corresponding to c.p. nos.1 and 82 (old survey), cadastral municipality Sarajevo LII, Land Registry entry no. LII/66, Municipality Centar Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The provisions relating to protection measures set forth by the Law on the Implementation of the Decisions of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, established pursuant to Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Official Gazette of the Federation of  BiH nos. 2/02, 27/02 and 6/04) shall apply to the National Monument.




The Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: the Government of the Federation) shall be responsible for ensuring and providing the legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures necessary to protect, conserve, and display the National Monument.

The Commission to Preserve National Monuments (hereinafter: the Commission) shall determine the technical requirements and secure the funds for preparing and setting up signboards with the basic data on the monument and the Decision to proclaim the property a National Monument.




To ensure the on-going protection of the National Monument on the site defined in Clause 1 para. 2 of this Decision, Protection Zone I is hereby designated.

  • all works are prohibited other than research and conservation and restoration works, including those designed to display the monument, with the approval of the Federal Ministry responsible for regional planning and under the expert supervision of the heritage protection authority of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: the heritage protection authority),
  • the façade, roof, portico, exterior sofas and interior of the Magribija mosque shall be restored
  • the conservation, expert repair and proposed measures for the restoration of the wall paintings and decorative woodwork inside the Magribija mosque shall be carried out, together with the restoration of the painted decorations of the portal
  • all interventions and methods used must be identifiable and comply with all the typological and architectural characteristics of the building
  • the building shall be floodlit in line with an appropriate project approved by the Federal Ministry of Regional Planning and Environment

A protective strip is hereby defined consisting of the plots bordering the site of the National Monument. The following measures shall apply in this zone:

  • the traffic shall be regulated around the Magribija mosque in such a way that the north-east and south-east facades of the building facing the street are protected
  • the construction of new buildings or extensions to existing ones are prohibited
  • the inappropriate use of the buildings in the immediate vicinity of the monument is prohibited




            All executive and area development planning acts not in accordance with the provisions of this Decision are hereby revoked.




Everyone, and in particular the competent authorities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Canton, and urban and municipal authorities, shall refrain from any action that might damage the National Monument or jeopardize the preservation and rehabilitation thereof.




            The Government of the Federation, the relevant ministry, the heritage protection authority, and the Municipal Authorities in charge of urban planning and land registry affairs, shall be notified of this Decision in order to carry out the measures stipulated in Articles II to V of this Decision, and the Authorized Municipal Court shall be notified for the purposes of registration in the Land Register.




            The elucidation and accompanying documentation form an integral part of this Decision, which may be viewed by interested parties on the premises or by accessing the website of the Commission (http://www.aneks8komisija.com.ba) 




Pursuant to Art. V para 4 Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, decisions of the Commission are final.




On the date of adoption of this Decision, the National Monument shall be deleted from the Provisional List of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Official Gazette of BiH no. 33/02, Official Gazette of Republika Srpska no. 79/02, Official Gazette of the Federation of BiH no. 59/02, and Official Gazette of Brčko District BiH no. 4/03), where it featured under serial no. 545.




This Decision shall enter into force on the date of its adoption and shall be published in the Official Gazette of BiH.


            This Decision has been adopted by the following members of the Commission: Zeynep Ahunbay, Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Dubravko Lovrenović,  Ljiljana Ševo and Tina Wik.


No: 06.2-2-213/04-10

15 March 2005



Chair of the Commission

Amra Hadžimuhamedović


E l u c i d a t i o n




Pursuant to Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Law on the Implementation of the Decisions of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments, established pursuant to Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a “National Monument” is an item of public property proclaimed by the Commission to Preserve National Monuments to be a National Monument pursuant to Articles V and VI of Annex 8 of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina  and property entered on the Provisional List of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Official Gazette of  BiH no. 33/02) until the Commission reaches a final decision on its status, as to which there is no time limit and regardless of whether a petition for the property in question has been submitted or not.

The Commission to Preserve National Monuments issued a Decision to add the Magribija mosque in Sarajevo to the Provisional List of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, numbered as 531.  Pursuant to the provisions of the law, the Commission proceeded to carry out the procedure for reaching a final decision to designate the Property as a National Monument, pursuant to Article V of Annex 8 and Article 35 of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments.




In the procedure preceding the adoption of a final decision to proclaim the property a national monument, the following documentation was inspected:

  • Documentation on the location and current owner and user of the property
  • Details of legal protection to date
  • Data on the current condition and use of the property, including a description and photographs, data of war damage, data on restoration or other works on the property, etc.
  • Historical, architectural and other documentary material on the property, as set out in the bibliography forming part of this Decision.


The findings based on the review of the above documentation and the condition of the site are as follows:


1. Details of the property



The Magribija mosque is located at n. 5 Magribija street, close to Marindvor, which at the time the mosque was built constituted the western outskirts of old Sarajevo.  It is now part of the city belonging to Centar Sarajevo Municipality.

The building stands on c.p. no. 832 (new survey), or c.p. nos. 1 and 82 (old survey), and is owned by the Islamic Religious Community in Sarajevo. The mosque is right by Magribija street, and has no harem (courtyard) but merely a fenced-off green space to the west of the building. The plot on which it stands is relatively small: the mosque occupies an area of 158 m2  and the mosque courtyard 223 m2.  The entrance is to the north-west, from Magribija street.

            The buildings standing on neighbouring plots c.p. 829 and 830 are very close to the Magribija mosque, particularly the Sarajevostan building which is only about 4-5 metres from the south-east facade of the mosque.

Historical information

            Shaikh Magribija’s mosque(1), known as the Magribija, was erected in Sarajevo close to Marindvor, in a quarter formerly known as Zagorica, the quarter below Gorica.

            Local tradition holds that Shaikh Magribija came to Sarajevo with Isa-beg (founder of the city and first governor of Sarajevo) and that he built a mosque there.  Almost nothing is known of Shaikh Magribija except that his name suggests he was a member of a Sufi order and that he came from the Maghreb, the term used to denote the Islamic lands of North Africa: Tunis, Algeria and Morocco.  If this tradition is correct the mosque dated from the mid 16th century and was named after its founder.  Later the name Magribija was used for the mahala too, and the street which has now borne the name for 400 years.  The quarter too was known as Magribija, after the mosque.  In the late Ottoman period the mahala was also known Gornja Hiseta.

           H. Šabanović regards the dating of the Magribija mosque as an open question, which leaves the possibility that the original mosque was indeed built during the time of the founder of Sarajevo but that it burned down in the fire of 1459. According to Šabanović, the Magribija mosque in its present form could date from between 1538 and 1565, when it is first mentioned in a document from the Sarajevo sidžil (court records).  It was burned down again in 1697 during the campaign by Eugene of Savoy, when all that survived were the walls and the stone minaret.

           According to an account by Mula Mustafa Bašeskija (2), the mosque was rebuilt in 1766 with the help of the state, and the present appearance of the mosque and all the painted decorations date from that year.

The famous English scholar Sir Thomas W. Arnold visited Sarajevo in 1929 and was particularly impressed by the Magribija mosque.  He was interested in the wooden pillars with stone bases and capitals on the sofas, the structure of the šiše ceiling and the beautiful painted decorations on the woodwork inside the mosque. He noted that he had seen something similar in mosques in Delhi, in India, but nowhere else in the world (from an article in the Evening Post).

            According to information from the Cantonal Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Sarajevo, between 1971 and 1984 research and conservations works were carried out on the painted decorations of the Magribija mosque.

            The Magribija mosque was damaged during the war by shelling in August 1992. The minaret was knocked down to pedestal level, and the roof suffered major damage, as did the entire building.


2. Description of the property


Bosnia and Herzegovina has many more mosques with hipped roofs and stone minarets than domed mosques.  According to statistics dating from 1993, there were 223 of them.  Sarajevo had the most, mosques with stone minarets, 34 before the war and 26 now. 

            In ground plan the Magribija mosque belongs to the type of single-space mosque with a hipped roof and stone minaret.

            The mosque consists of the main prayer space and a portico on the north-west entrance front of the mosque extending over the entire width of the exterior wall, and a stone minaret.  The main prayer space and portico share the same hipped roof. 

            The ground plan of the mosque is a rectangle, measuring 13.80 x 11.30 (exterior dimensions(3)), with the portico measuring 18.15 x 11.30 m.

            Within the portico are stone sofas measuring approx. 4.53 x 4.35 m, with a height of 0.50 m.  The sofas have wooden floorboards.  The 2.25 m wide passageway to the mosque portal passed between the sofas.

There are four massive wooden columns with a height of 3.75 m and a diameter of approx. 0.50 m. The columns have stone bases and capitals with decorative mouldings.  Between the wooden columns is a wooden railing above a stone wall about 2.00 m high, thought somewhat lower at the sides.  The entrance door, with a height of approx. 2.00 m., is of wide wooden boards set one against the other.     The uppart part of the portico consists of a wooden structure with arches, six on the entrance front and three each on the sides, resting on a wooden 20 x 20 cm beam which itself rests on the capitals of the pillars.  The roof structure of the portico is covered with wood panelling. 

            The walls of the main body of the mosque are of unfired brick with wooden tie beams, plastered and painted both inside and out.  The walls are 80 cm thick. The hipped roof is shallow pitched, with a wooden roof structure clad with tiles.  There are dormer windows on all four sides of the roof, serving as exits to and ventilation for the roof.  They measure approx. 1.50 x 1.0 m.

The mosque has seventeen simply-shaped wooden windows, six on the south-west facade, three on the north-east, and four each on the north-west and the south-east facades. The windows are set in two rows, except in the north-east facade where there are windows on the upper level only.  There was formerly a row of windows at ground floor level too, but they have been walled up and are now visible as niches in the interior of the mosque, used as bookshelves.  All the ground-floor windows are rectangular in shape, 92 cm wide and 150 cm high. Above each of the ground-floor windows is a small wooden arched, glazed aperture, almost the same width as the window itself, with the pointed arch 70 cm in height.  On the outside, these windows have iron bars forming a fine grid (4 x 5 sections).  The upper-level windows are arched and set vertically above the ground-floor windows.  They too are 92 cm in width, but 200 cm in height.

            In addition to these windows, there are another five glazed circular apertures in wooden frames on all the facades except the entrance facade.  These have a diameter of 55 cm.  There are two on each of the side facades and one on the mihrab facade, between and level with the top line of the upper-level windows.

           The stone minaret(4) of the Magribija mosque was built against the south-west facade wall.  The base of the minaret is in the form of a square-sided cube measuring 2.26 x 2.26 m. The transition from the four-sided base to the stem of the minaret is in the form of a trapezoid prism with a shallow moulded stone string course.  The twelve-sided body of the minaret is slightly conical in shape, with a diameter of approx. 1.85 m. and walls 26-30 cm thick. 

The šerefe is at a height of 14.50 m. and is of hreša stone.  The parapet of the šerefe is of simple stone slabs with pronounced upper and lower moulded string courses.  The steeple of the minaret is clad with sheet copper and topped by an alem or finial made of lead, with four equal-sized pommels.  The total height of the minaret from ground level is 32.0 m.

            The portico leads into the main prayer space, with interior dimensions of 12.20 x 9.70 m.  The prayer area is covered by a timber barrel vault running longitudinally along the north-west/south-east axis.  This vault measures approx. 5.0 x 7.5 m.  The height of the prayer space from floor level to the top of the barrel vault is approx. 7.9 m.  The vault turns into a level ceiling on all four sides; this ceiling is 6.4 m above floor level and is clad with šiše boards (grooved wooden boards). The barrel section is clad with caisson boards painted with polychrome motifs, mainly of floral origin, with a circular rosette filled with floral ornaments at the centre.

            All the interior walls of the mosque are plastered and whitewashed, and some areas and features have painted decorations.

            Decorative mouldings and painted polychrome decorations on plaster feature on the entrance portal and mihrab, and decorative woodwork on the mahfil and the barrel-vaulted wooden ceiling.

The entrance portal dominates the central area of the north-west facade, occupying in width the entire space between the sofas.  It is approx. 5.90 m in height and projects outwards from the surface of the mosque walls by approx. 0.25 m. Above the arched door opening is a niche in the form of an equilateral triangle.  In the niche above the door is the place where the tarih (chronogram) used to be, measuring 75 x 40 cm.  The portal terminates in a crown in the form of a stylized fleur de lis. 

The entire portal was thickly painted with polychrome floral decorations on plaster, which are now barely visible.

The double wooden doors are 1.4 m wide and 2.20 m. high. They are divided into rectangular panels without any particular decoration.

The entrance portal belongs, in general concept and typological features, to the third group of portals (as classified by po A. Andrejević).  Others of this type are the portals of the Alipaša mosque in Sarajevo, the Hajji Alija mosque in Počitelj, and the Karađoz-beg mosque in Mostar.

The mahfil runs along the front wall and measures 9,70 m long and 2.30 wide. It is made of wood and rests on six wooden pillars linked by wooden arches below the mahfil.  The wooden pillars are decorated with wood carving and the entire surface of the arches is painted in floral designs composed of flowers, leaves and tendrils. The painted decoration consists of dark-toned outlines surrounding light red, grey and beige.

Below the mahfil are interior sofas measuring 3.70 x 2.00 m, with raised floors.  The area of the sofa and the part of the mahfil against the north-east wall are now glazed. At the centre of the mahfil is a 1.00 m wide projection for the muezzin.  The mahfil is panelled above and below with wooden boards and has a wooden railing. The small door leading to the narrow, dark, curving minaret stairway is located below the mahfil in the south-west wall of the mosque.  The mahfil is reached via the stone minaret stairway, with a single-flight wooden staircase approximately halfway along branching off it to the mahfil.  The wooden structure of the mahfil is of natural wood treated with wood preservative.

The mihrab is 2.55 m wide, with the niche itself 1.55 m wide and the frame 70 cm wide on either side.The height of the mihrab from the floor of the mosque to the top of the crown of the mihrab is approx. 3.50 m.  The seven-sided niche, with a radius of 40 cm, terminates in stalactite decorations forming a complex composition. The niche area is framed by the rectangular field of the mihrab frame, which terminates in a wavy semicircular line with a fleur de lis at the top and demi fleur de lis at the sides.  The frame of the mihrab is almost identical to that of the entrance portal, except that the painted decorations are different. The mihrab frame is thickly painted with polychrome floral decorations on plaster(5) recalling floral rumi designs.  The floral elements of leaves, tendrils and flowers are densely interwined composing medallions painted alternately in white, red, brown and beige.  In addition to these colours, which dominate, there are occasional touches of blue in the medallions.  The edge of the mihrab is 20 cm wide and decorated with a string course with floral motifs forming two types of linked medallions forming a chain.  The string course is edged outside and in by a thick red line, as are the medallions.  The ground tone is beige and the medallions are green, blue and grey.

The mimber of the Magribija mosque is made of wood and is 3.70 m long, 0.90 m wide and 6.40 m high.  The mimber consists of an entrance portal formed by a wooden frame with a semicircular wooden plaque above it bearing an inscription from the Qur'an, and a wooden stairway with a railing consisting of 10-12 steps with a landing at the top known as the kjurs.  The kjurs is cov ered by a conical canopy on a wooden frame with a finial on top.  On either side of the mimber steps is a high wooden railing simply decorated with a single rhomboidal geometric shape.  The lateral triangular areas below the steps and rail are enclosed and decorated with a single large equilateral triangle with an edging of brown beading and painted white inside.  Below the triangle is a decoration of five small pointed arches. The mimber is painted with oil paint, predominantly beige, but with touches of brown, green, grey and white.

The ćurs is in the angle to the left of the mihrab on a raised floor.  It is made of wood.

            To the right of the entrance to the mosque is a small mosque courtyard that is walled off, the barrier extending to the wooden partition of the portico.  This barrier consists of masonry to half its height with the other half made of iron.


3. Legal status to date


Pursuant to the law, and by Ruling of the National Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments and Natural Rarities of NR Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo no. 675/50 of 1950, the Magribija mosque in Sarajevo was placed under state protection.          

Pursuant to the law, and by Ruling of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments and Natural Rarities of NR Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo no. 02-635-3 of 1962, the Magribija mosque in Magribija street in Sarajevo was entered on the register of immovable cultural monuments.

The Regional Plan for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina to 2002 lists the Magribija mosque as a Category I monument.

The Magribija mosque in Sarajevo is on the Provisional List of National Monuments of the Commission to Preserve National Monuments under serial no. 531.


4. Research and conservation and restoration works


According to information from the Cantonal Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Sarajevo, between 1971 and 1984 research and conservation works were carried out on the painted decor of the Magribija mosque under the auspices of the mosque committee and the Institute for the Protection of Monuments of BiH, and the painter Jusuf Začinović.  At that time the first coat of paint on the exterior of the portal and the mihrab was discovered.

           The main design project for the reconstruction of the minaret of the Magribija mosque was drawn up in 1997 by Said Jamaković of the design company Arch design Sarajevo.

            The reconstruction of the minaret was carried out from March to December 2000 under the auspices of the Cantonal Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Sarajevo, by Kara drvo Kiseljak.

            It was funded by UNESCO.

            The attestation of the stone was carried out by the Institute IMK Sarajevo. The walls of the minaret were reconstructed using tufa from Fojnica, where the tufa was most suitable in colour and mechanical characteristics for this reconstruction. The spiral staircase was rebuilt using the old surviving steps, with missing steps made of the same hreša stone from a quarry in Sarajevo.  The blocks were joined by lead cramps and lime mortar as was the case when the mosque was first built.

            The lower, four-sided pedestal and the prismatic section above it to the height of the mosque steeple had not been destroyed, but were simply conserved and the rest of the minaret above them was rebuilt. During construction, an analysis of the structural assessment conducted by Prof. Dr. M. Zlatar revealed that there were high stretching tensions in the lower third of the minaret. Carbon fibre tape technology was used to provide additional reinforcement in a band 8 m above the prismatic section of the minaret.  This was applied by ŽGP Company.    After applying the carbon fibre tape, a thin masking of strips of tufa was added. The project was completed by wiring for electricity and installing a lightning conductor (Cantonal Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Sarajevo, web site).

            In August 2004 the Cantonal Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Sarajevo drew up a main design project for the repair, reconstruction and restoration of the roof and sofas of the Magribija mosque, Stage I.

            The project will consist of four stages; as of now the project documentation has been drawn up for Stage I and is with the Federal Ministry of Regional Planning and Environment for approval. The Commission has received a copy for inspection.

Stage I consists of:

1.     Repair and reconstruction of the roof structure and roof cladding

2.     Repair of the ceiling joists (including repairs to the barrel vault)

3.     Repair, reconstruction and restoration of the exterior sofas

4.     Installing underfloor heating

Stage II consists of:

1.     Reconstruction of the sofa railing

2.     Reconstruction of the sofa floor

3.     Reconstruction and restoration of interior woodwork

4.     Repair and painting interior walls and woodwork

5.     Repair, reconstruction and restoration of the mahfil

6.     Repair of exterior south-east wall (mihrab wall)

7.     Repair and painting facades and exterior woodwork

Stage III consists of:

1.     Reconstruction and restoration of decoration on the barrel vault

2.     Reconstruction and restoratioin of the painted decoration of the mahfil

3.     Reconstruction and restoration of the painted decoration of the mihrab

4.     Reconstruction and restoration of the painted decoration of the portal

5.     Reconstruction of the paintings on the interior walls

Stage IV consists of:

1.     Remaining installation works

2.     Installing floodlighting

3.     Making good the exterior of the building (including repairing the harem wall)

According to the project documentation, Stage I provides for the complete replacement of the existing timber roof structure and ceiling joists, which are in a seriously dilapidated state.  The new roof structure is made of Grade I cut fir and spruce wood.  The roof cladding of hollow tiles is also entirely new.

The decision will be made on site, when the plastic sheeting is removed from the ceiling, whether the panelled ceiling and painted decoration can be retained (with restoration work) or whether the decorations must be photographed and reconstructed on a new ceiling.

Restoration works on the sofas will take place in line with the existing state of the structure. The pillars with their stone bases and capitals are being retained, since the oak wood of which they are made is in good condition  They need cleaning and treating with a protective application of linseed oil.  The stone is also being cleaned and repaired where  necessary.


5.Current condition of the property


An on site inspection conducted in December 2004 ascertained as follows:

  • There is visible physical damage to the building on the facades and portico
  • The stone bases of the pillars are broken, there are numerous cracks in the wooden pillars and beams, and the floor of the sofas is in very poor condition
  • Stains caused by damp penegration are to be observed on the plaster in the upper reaches of the mosque, particular in the mahfil area of the north-west wall by the staircase to the mahfil
  • There are particularly noticeable cracks in the plaster in the interior of the mosque in the upper reaches.  These cracks are also visible on the exterior facade, though here they are smaller
  • Other than the minaret and part of the roof, which have been repaired in part following war damage, the mosque building is in poor condition
  • The area most at risk is the barrel vault which has collapsed due to leakage of rainwater, particularly the decoration. The ceiling is now covered with plastic sheeting
  • The decoration on the outer portal is damaged almost all over, with only faded fragments remaining.




Applying the Criteria for the adoption of a decision on proclaiming an item of property a national monument (Official Gazette of BiH nos. 33/02 and 15/03), the Commission has enacted the Decision cited above.

The Decision was based on the following criteria:

A.  Time frame

B.  Historical value

C.  Artistic and aesthetic value

C. i. quality of workmanship

C.iii. proportions

C.iv. composition

C. v. value of details

D. Clarity

D. iv. evidence of a particular type, style or regional manner

D. v. evidence of a typical way of life at a specific period

E. Symbolic value

E.ii. religious value

E.iii. traditional value

E.iv. relation to rituals or ceremonies

E.v. significance for the identity of a group of people

F. Townscape/ Landscape value

F.ii. meaning in the townscape

F.iii.  the building or group of buildings is part of a group or site

G. Authenticity

G.i. form and design

G.ii. material and content

G.iii. use and function

G.iv. traditions and techniques

G.v. location and setting

G.vi. spirit and feeling

G.vii. other internal and external factors

H. Rarity and representativity

H.i. unique or rare example of a certain type or style

I. Completeness

I.i. physical coherence

I.ii. homogeneity

I.iii. completeness


            The following documents form an integral part of this Decision:

o    Copy of cadastral plan

o    Copy of land register entry and proof of title;

o    Photodocumentation;

o    Drawings

The documentation annexed to the Decision is public and available for view by interested persons on written request to the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.




During the procedure to designate the monument as a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina the following works were consulted:


1911.  Jnl of the National Museum in Sarajevo, XXII, Kemura, Sejfudin, XLVII. Šejh Magribina džamija u Magribiji, (The Shaikh Magriba mosque in Magribija) 1911.


1929.  Evening Post no. 2345, 18. IV, p. 5 (VIII/1929), D. Tafro: Herald of the Islamic Religious Community, 1951, p. 162


1939.  Kreševljaković, Hamdija, Vodovodi i gradnje na vodi u starom Sarajevu, (Water pipes and building on water in old Sarajevo) Published by the City Savings Bank of Sarajevo City Municipality, Islamic Shareholder Press, Sarajevo, 1939.


1953. Bejtić, Alija, Spomenici osmanlijske arhitekture u Bosni i Hercegovini, (Monuments of Ottoman Architecture in BiH) Offprint – Contributions to oriental philology and the history of the Yugoslav peoples under Turkish rule, vol. III-IV, Oriental Institute in Sarajevo, Sarajevo, 1953.


1969. Bejtić, Alija, Stara sarajevska čaršija jučer danas i sutra – osnove i smjernice za regeneraciju, (The old Sarajevo čaršija, past, present and future – basis and guidelines for regeneration) Urban Institute for the Protection and Maintenance of Cultural Monuments of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, 1969.


1980. Institute for Architecture, Town Planning and Regional Planning of the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo, Regional plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stage «B» - valorization of natural, cultural and historical values, Sarajevo, 1980.


1984. Andrejević, Andrej, Islamska monumentalna umetnost XVI veka u Jugoslaviji – kupolne džamije, (Islamic monumental art of the 16th century in Yugoslavia – domed mosques) Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, Institute for the History of Art, Belgrade, 1984.


1996. Çelebi, Evliya, Putopis – odlomci o jugoslovenskim zemljama, (Travelogue – sections on Yugoslav lands) Sarajevo Publishing, Sarajevo, 1996.


1997. Contributions to the history of Sarajevo, Papers for seminar Half a Millennium of Sarajevo, held from 19 to 21 March 1993, Snježana Mutapčić Pola milenija zidnog slikarstva Sarajeva (Half a millennium of wall painting in Sarajevo) pp.. 457-466, 1997.


1997. Main design project for the reconstruction of the minaret of the Magribija mosque,  Arch design Sarajevo, designer Jamaković Said, March 1997. 


1997.  Bašeskija, Mula Mustafa, Ljetopis (Chronicle), Sarajevo Publishing, Sarajevo, 1997.


1998. Mujezinović, Mehmed, Islamska epigrafika Bosne i Hercegovine, (Islamic Epigraphics of BiH) bk. I, Sarajevo Publishing,  Sarajevo, 1998.


1999. Bećirbegović, Madžida, Džamije sa drvenom munarom u Bosni i Hercegovini, (Mosques with wooden minarets in BiH) Sarajevo Publishing, 1999.


2000. Ayverdi Dr. Ekrem Hakki, Avrupa'da Osmanli Mimari Eserlera Yugoslavya II, 3. kitab, Istanbul, 2000.


2004. Cantonal Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Sarajevo, Main design project for the repair, reconstruction and restoration of the roof and sofas of the Magribija mosque – Stage I .


Blueprints and material from the Cantonal Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of Sarajevo,


Blueprints from the Institute for the Protection of Monuments of the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport


Written material received from Architect Said Jamaković


(1) «In upper Hiseta, below the military hospice, is a mosque, known as Shaikh Magriba's, and around it a mahala of the same name. As the people say, there came from the Maghreb, from the western Turkish side, a Shaikh with Ishak-beg, the first Bosnian sandžakbeg, who had then conquered Bosnia as far as the source of the river Bosna.  The said Shaikh, having settled in Sarajevo, built this mosque, with a stone minaret, but it is not known what he endowed for its maintenance.

The mosque is fairly wide and visible, and roofed with shingles and curved tiles; the šiše ceiling inside is so beautifully made that I have never seen anything like it anywhere.

It has no courtyard, but is separated from the street between the pillars of the sofas, which hold up the roof, by a wooden fence.

In 1109 AH (1697), when the foreign invasion took place, the mosque was burned to the ground and the imam and muezzin were killed in it.

Ćose Halil paša writes in his official report:

 «Shaikh Magriba’s mosque was in a fairly ruinous state even before this, and when the infidel invasion took place, it was completely destroyed.»

In his chronicle, Mula Musafa Bašeskija writes that the mosque was built in 1180 AH (1766) by the people with help from the state.» (Kemura, 1911, pp. 630-631)

 (2) “The chronicler Mula Mustafa Bašeskija recounts in his Chronicle that these mosques were repaired and repainted: the Begova (1754/55), Ferhadija (1761), Baščaršijska (1761), Magribija (1766), Careva (1779), and that the Buzadžijina mosque was renovated and decorated in the second half of the 18th century. (Mutapčić, 1997, p. 459)

(3) All the dimensions given in the text have been taken from blueprints received from the Cantonal Institute for the Protection of Monuments of Sarajevo

(4) The minaret was knocked down during the war in 1992 and a new one was reconstructed in line with the main project for the reconstruction of the minaret of the Magribija mosque designed by Arch design Sarajevo in 1997.

(5) From our observations, the decorations of the Saburina house (built before 1750) are most similar to the arabesque decorations on the vault and mahfil of the Magribija mosque. When the Magribija was badly damaged in 1697, it was renovated in 1766/67 and then, apparently, acquired its unique hemispherical vault of wood decorated with rumi motifs of Ottoman provenance. Since the painted designs on the vault and mahfil were different, we assumed that they were painted by different artists in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Among these should be mentioned Savić Risto, a 19th century Sarajevo woodcarver and builder.  The art of panelling walls in wood decorated with relief and painted ornaments came here from a very ancient Turkish tradition.  Such examples are to be found on the šiše ceiling and orta (central ceiling medallion) of several of Sarajevo's mosques: the Jahjapašina, Miščina, Hadžijska, the mosque in Carina, the Pehlivanuša, Ulomljenica, the mosque in Bistrik and others. (Mutapčić, 1997, p. 460)



Magribija mosqueThe minaret of the Magribija mosqueEast side of the Magribija mosqueNorth side of the Magribija mosque
Porch of the mosquePorticoInterior of the mosque<I>Mahfil</i>
<i>Mihrab</i><i>Mimber</i>Detail of decoration 

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