The Gazi Husrev Bey Complex in Sarajevo is one of the main Ottoman complexes in the Balkans. Gazi Husrev Bey was an Ottoman governor in Bosnia and contributed greatly to the urban development of Sarajevo with his architectural patronage, through the Islamic endowment Institution.
The Bey's monumental structures were built from 1521 through 1541. They include the Bey's mosque (the biggest in the Balkans), public bath, roofed market place, stone inn (Tašlihan), Kuršumlija Medresa (Islamic high school); Hanikah (Dervish's tekke), kitchen for the poor (Imaret), hostelry for travelers (musafirhana), and so on.
Today it is difficult to imagine Sarajevo, or even Bosnia, as we know it without the contributions of Gazi Husrev-Beg. He is remembered chiefly as the greatest donor and builder of Sarajevo, and as a Bosniak national hero.
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