We are Gate of Sarajevo

Heritage hotel Gate of Sarajevo is located near Sarajevo Old town , on a place where Isa-Beg ( founder of Sarajevo) built his first building called Isa-Beg dervish house. Isa-beg’s tekija is one of the most important tekijas in Sarajevo, it was built before 1462; it is considered the oldest institution in Sarajevo.

Isa-beg Ishakovic, the founder of Sarajevo, listed it in his deed of endowment (vakufnama) written in year 1462. Among other estates, he mentions, a musafirhana (shelter for pilgrims and travellers). The Tekija has been damaged, destroyed in fires and floods many times and it was completely reconstructed several times. In year 1957, the Tekija was demolished and its cemetery destroyed for the last time. The final destruction of the Tekija estate was made with the construction of the road to Pale, the gasoline station and other objects, without planning permissions. The location of the Isa-bag’s tekija was not chosen randomly. Traditionally Tekija buildings where build as a part of natural surroundings and completely open towards its ambience. A river, a cliff and a canyon or a hill were very often attributes of locations chosen for the tekijas. The same can be noted for this particular tekija. The Sufies believed that the choice is not up to a man. The sacred location is chosen by God who guided the man towards it. The surrounding area, the panorama, is a part of the ritual and thus integral part of the Tekija. The great wealth and beauty of the tekija on Bentbasa has been described by Evlija Celebi Evliya Çelebi, an Ottoman traveller and journalist and Reshid effendi (bos.: efendija) a famous Sarajevo poet. Evlija Celebi in his travel logs from 1659 describes Isa-beg’s tekija, located on the banks of the Miljacka River:

”The Tekija of Mevlevi order: At the bank of the Miljacka river, on the place resembling a paradise, a vakuf tekija of Jelaluddin Rumi is placed. Tekija has simhana (the room where rituals of the dervish order were preformed), mejdan room – (where dervishes could meet to socialize outside of the rituals), seventy to eighty rooms for the poor, balcony for those who sing and play music, imares (kichens for the poor), and a dining hall. “

As Heritage Hotel Gate of Sarajevo, it is our main duty to protect and preserve this important cultural heritage left by the founder of Sarajevo, Isa Beg Ishakovich.