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Šerefudin’s White Mosque

Designed in 1969, a modernist Balkan mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a symbol of its era

Writer

Elvira M Jukićc

Photographer

Jasmin Brutus

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In the central Bosnian town of Visoko, Šerefudin’s White Mosque is a thoughtfully-planned sacral building, and one of the town’s most valuable pieces of modern architecture. Built atop the site of a 15th century Ottoman mosque, the current building is named after the architect of the original structure. Though it has aged over time, losing much of its lustre, the mosque is still a striking sight on the streets of Visoko, with its modernist beauty and undulating stature.

Tucked between numerous small shops and narrowly winding streets in downtown Visoko, the mosque was designed in 1969 by Bosnia’s leading modernist architect Zlatko Ugljen, now 86-years old, and built by Ismet Imamović. Taking 11 years to complete, it was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983, and has come to serve as an intellectual centre for its close community and surrounding neighbourhood – much of which was built after the mosque, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Designed in 1969, a modernist Balkan mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a symbol of its era
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