Sultan II in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The historic Gazi Hüsrev Bey Madrasah, which was founded by Gazi Hüsrev Bey, Bayezid’s grandson, on January 8, 1537, is still operating in its 486th year as the oldest educational institution in the country.
The school is considered one of the most valuable Ottoman heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is located in the historical Bascarsija, the heart of Sarajevo. The school provides continuous education despite all the wars and difficulties it has gone through.
One of the Ottoman Sultans Sultan II. The school, which was founded by Gazi Husrev Beg, grandson of Bayezid, on January 8, 1537, has existed as one of the most prestigious secondary schools in the country for nearly half a century.
In the school, which was built by teachers of stones brought from the city of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia, science lessons are given in addition to religious lessons.
He did not close his doors even in war.
The school also draws attention to the fact that it did not close its doors to education in Sarajevo, which was under siege during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The historical school, which gathered its students under its roof during the difficult war years, continued its education without interruption during the period of the former communist Yugoslavia.
The madrasah, which has become the oldest educational institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina with its survival for years, is among the primary preferences of Bosnian families because it teaches English, Arabic and Turkish.
Graduates with degrees equivalent to other high school diplomas in the country can study not only in theology but also in other colleges of their choice after completing the school.
Ghazi Husrev Bey built the school for his mother.
Gazi Husrev Bey, who was the flag bearer of the Ottoman Empire for 20 years in the first half of the 16th century in Bosnia and Herzegovina, played the most important role in the urbanization of Sarajevo, which was a modest town at that time, with mosque, school, library, clock tower, bazaar, inn and shops that built it.
It is mentioned in the documents in the archives of the Gazi Husrev Bey Foundation that the school was built by his son, Gazi Khosrev Bey, in memory of Seljuk Hatun, and that the school was first called “Seljuk”.
The school is also known as “Korsunlu School” among the people because of its lead roof.
At the door of the historic school, “This building was built for those who pray for knowledge and the love of God. Ghazi Khusraw, the defender of religion, is the source of goodwill and pride of justice.” Contains the text.
While Isakoglu Isa Bey, the first sanjak chief of the Ottoman Empire in Bosnia, was described as the “founder of Sarajevo”, Gazi Husrev Bey was recorded in historical records as the name that made Sarajevo a city and a trading center.
The madrasa, which is one of the most important works left by Gazi Husrev-bey in Sarajevo, still bears witness to history with its 486-year history.
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