CULTURE

The Story about Saliha Muvekita Street in Sarajevo

Street Saliha MuvekitaSaliha Hadzihuseinovica Muvekita Street is the name of the narrow street that connects the lifeline of the city of Sarajevo – Ferhadija with Zelenih Beretki Street.

It was built during the Ottoman period within the former Frenkluk mahala or so-called Latinluk. Until 1895, it was called Budimlica sokak (street), after one of the members of the Orthodox family Budimlic, which moved to Sarajevo from the Hungarian Buda in the 17th century.

It was called Cukovica Street from 1895, after the trader and the city attorney Kosta Cukovic, member of the old Serbian traders family Cuk, which owned the house in the street since the first half of the 18th century.

In 1948, after World War II, the street was named after the writer and national hero Veselin Maslesa, who was killed during the Battle of Sutjeska while trying to find his way from fascists.

Since 1993, the street is called Saliha Hadzihuseinovica Muvekita Street. He was muvekit (the person who does the calculation of the exact time of daily prayers) in Gazi Husrev-bey’s waqf, and the author of the major work “Tarihi Diyari Bosnia” (History of Bosnia), the first written history of BiH under the Ottoman rule.

Today in this street are located some of the famous Sarajevo pubs, such as Cheers, Murphy, Tesla, where young people are gathering, socializing and enjoying gigs. It is especially visited in summer and during the Sarajevo Film Festival. During these seven days, besides the National Theatre, Muvekita Street is the center of the evening entertainment events, and given the number of hostels and hotels that are placed there, presence of a large number of tourists is not surprising.

(Source: Dz. Jusufovic/Faktor.ba/Photo: K. Softic)

 

 

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