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Travnik used to be the capital of Bosnian State in the Ottoman times where the oldest religios school (Madrasa) in the country was built. Being a capital had brought the residence of many political and religious personnel during that time. And the city was enriched with the mosques, madrasas and clock towers. One of these mosques is the one shown here.
This mosque in Travnik is known as the Colored Mosque or Ornamented Mosque (Šarena džamija), but its real name is Sulejmania Mosque, named after the Bosnian Vizier Sulejman-Pasha Skopljak who had the mosque painted inside and outside with colored paints. Here colors seem to be faded but the beauty of the architecture remains. There is a "bezistan" (roofed market) under the mosque behind these pillars. Money earned from these markets have been used for the maintanance of the mosque.

Additional note from the entrance door of the mosque: Formerly there stood the Gazi-Aga mosque from the 16th century. Later Bosnian Vizier Sopa Salan Camil Ahmed-Pasha built a new mosque in 1757.

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Additional Photos by Mehmet Yavuz (meyavuz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 245 W: 27 N: 148] (741)
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