The Lost Mosque of Log pod Mangartom: A Testament to Bosnian History in Slovenia

Hidden in the picturesque setting of Log pod Mangartom, a small Slovenian settlement, stood an ethereal edifice reflecting a significant fragment of Bosnian heritage – a mosque. Its quaint and charming architecture held a unique touch of Herzegovinian origin, manifested in the form of its relatively small minaret, a striking similarity to the stone-built minarets of Herzegovina. Fashioned in wood and bathed in white, the mosque’s actual dimensions remain shrouded in mystery.

The “Slovenec”, a Slovenian daily, caught wind of this curious construction and announced its existence to the world in the “Primorske novice” section on October 25, 1917. This news item introduced readers to a “beautiful mosque,” an abode of spirituality for the numerous Muslim soldiers battling on the Soča front, offering them a space to fulfill their religious obligations.

An Opening Amidst the Ravages of War

The mosque’s inauguration had been planned as a grand event, with the prestigious Sarajevo Reis-el-ulema, the senior Islamic authority, and the military mufti scheduled to grace the ceremony. However, the harrowing times had other plans. Just a day prior to the scheduled opening, on October 24, 1917, the 12th Isonzo battle flared up, casting a shadow over the planned festivities.

The Bosnian regiments had relocated from Rombon and other slopes to the formidable Krn Mountains roughly three weeks before the intended inauguration date. As the day arrived, the landscape was not adorned with festive decorations, but instead shook under the onslaught of the last offensive.

Lost Opportunity for Revival

Many years later, during Jožef Školč’s tenure as the Slovenian Minister of Culture, a project was initiated to breathe new life into this historical structure. Sadly, this vision of a resurrected mosque never saw the light of day.

Yet, the mosque’s legacy lived on. In close proximity to the mosque, a cemetery stands as a testament to the Bosniaks who fought valiantly on the Soča front, with 102 of these brave souls resting in peace.

Shamefully, the grave markers, initially bearing the traditional nišans – Islamic tombstones, were replaced post-war, with crosses. But, in a poetic turn of events, on August 18, 2007, the crosses were restored back to the original nišans, preserving the cultural integrity of the Bosniaks who once made the site their spiritual home.

An Enduring Legacy

The mosque at Log pod Mangartom, though long gone, echoes through time with its enduring narrative. While the mosque may be gone, the memories and the cemetery remain, serving as a testament to the resilience and dedication of the Bosniak soldiers who once fought on Slovenian soil.

Trebinje: A Glimpse into Bosnia’s Rich Historical Tapestry

Trebinje, a picturesque city nestled in the southeastern corner of Bosnia and Herzegovina, boasts a rich and diverse history that has shaped its unique cultural heritage. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Trebišnjica River and surrounded by lush green hills, Trebinje has been an important crossroads for numerous civilizations throughout the ages. In this article, we will explore the glorious Bosnian history and past of this timeless city.

Founded by the Illyrians in the 3rd century BC, Trebinje has been continuously inhabited for over two millennia. The city’s strategic location, lying between the Adriatic Sea and the Dinaric Alps, made it a highly sought-after prize for various empires, including the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans.

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Celts, Goths, Illyrians, Slavs and Ancient Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mountainous country. The terrain ranges from the dense forest and lush upland pastures in north-central Bosnia to arid and gaunt landscapes in western Herzegovina. Throughout history, the land that comprises modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina attracted many peoples and tribes. Today, the people speak a Slavic language, but the remnants of a diverse past remain.

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The Sarajevo Haggadah

The Power of the Sarajevo Haggadah

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the Sarajevo Haggadah is its seemingly everlasting power to connect people. Not just people across the Seder table, although judging from its wine-stained pages, it did that, many times across the years. But more than that, its power to connect people from various backgrounds in the celebration of life.

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Bihac is a city in northwestern Bosnia.

Bihac – The City on the Una

Located on the Una River in the northwestern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies the regal city of Bihac. Even though it has less than 60,000 inhabitants, Bihac has always played an important role in the history of the country. The striking natural beauty that surrounds this settlement is perhaps one of its most appealing features, along with its long and storied history.

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The Dragon of Bosnia - Husein Kapetan Gradascevic

The Dragon of Bosnia: Husein Kapetan Gradascevic

Perhaps no other leader embodies the spirit of Bosnian resistance and the nation’s will to survive than Husein-Kapetan Gradascevic, the Dragon of Bosnia. Many years after his death, a popular sentiment among the Bosnian people, Muslims, and Christians alike (particularly in the Posavina region) was that his name could not be mentioned without shedding a tear. The tragedy of his life is in many ways a quintessential embodiment of the dual nature of the Bosnian national spirit.

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Tuzla Old City

Tuzla: Bosnia’s ‘Salt of the Earth’

The northern Bosnian city of Tuzla has always been unique. Its deep connection to the earth and its people’s openness and tolerance are some of its most cherished features, almost quintessential of Bosnia itself. But the town has a long and interesting history as well. Some scholars speculate that the area in present-day Tuzla is one of the longest continually inhabited settlements in all of Europe, spanning some 6,000 years.

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The Royal Bosnian City of Jajce and Its Magnificent Waterfall

Blessed with incredible natural beauty, the central Bosnian city of Jajce was once home to kings and queens. Today, the city remains a remnant of the independent Bosnian kingdom, complete with an old quarter, fortified walls, and a magnificent waterfall that feeds to the rivers below. 

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Lukomir – The Idyllic Bosnian Mountain Village Lost In Time

Many of us wish for a simple life. We dream of open landscapes, fresh air, perhaps some tending to the vegetable garden, and ultimately, a quiet escape from modernity. Lukomir, a tiny village of no more than a handful of semi-nomadic inhabitants perhaps best embodies this spirit of the freedom and hunger for a connection to primal nature and the history of what’s around us and what came before us.

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Travnik: Bosnia’s City of the Viziers

Bosnia is well known for many things, but one of them is the striking natural beauty of the country. Still raw and unconquered by industry and urbanization, it covers the gamut in terms of ecological habitats and terrain. In central Bosnia, surrounded by rolling green hills is the “City of Viziers,” the city of Travnik. 

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