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Fethija Mosque, formerly known as the Church of St. Anthony, is a remarkable religious site in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Originally built in the 14th century, it was later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman era. The mosque showcases a blend of architectural styles, with remnants of the original church preserved alongside Ottoman elements.
The church-turned-mosque features a Gothic style, with ornate stone details, an octagonal bell tower, and a high roof. During its conversion, some of the church’s windows were sealed, while new ones were added. The central area now houses a mihrab, replacing the altar. The mosque’s minaret, built in 1863 to replace the old bell tower, is made of the same local stone called bihacite.
Today, Fethija Mosque serves as an open place of worship and welcomes visitors, including tourists interested in its historical significance. The mosque has undergone modifications to accommodate more space for women and children, including the addition of three wooden levels with stairs. A special highlight is the original circular stained glass window that has stood the test of time, casting a mesmerizing light in the mosque’s upper section.
Fethija Mosque stands as one of the best-preserved religious structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, offering a glimpse into the region’s rich history and architectural heritage.
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