Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

Heritage by Type / Islamic religious centre

Old Soko Mosque

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Old Soko Mosque

About the site

Corridor: Diagonal Road
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Grachanica
Type: Islamic religious centre
Epoch: Middle Ages
Theme: Islamic Culture
World Heritage:
Middle AgesIslamic CultureIslamic religious centre

The date of origin of the Old Mosque and its use can be viewed in the context of the mediaeval fort of Soko. The earliest reference to Soko fort dates from 1429, when it was owned by Prince Radivoj, son of King Ostoja and brother of the Bosnian King Tomas.
The mediaeval building of the Old Soko Mosque was built in the first half of the 15th century and was intended to serve as the feudal lord's court. It may be assumed that it was used as a church by the Magyar garrison in Soko fort while the fort belonged to the Srebrenik banovina (1464-1520). The Muslims used to build mosques for their garrisons in the fortified towns, and it can safely be said that the Old Soko Mosque is the oldest mosque in this area. It is known as the Fethija by the local people, a name also given to the other mosques built in the same period
The mosque remained in use until 1980 when a new mosque was built in Soko.

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