Bosnia and Herzegovina ‘Trebinje Jupa Mosque Roof Restoration Project’, carried out in cooperation with Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Karatay Municipality, was completed and the mosque was opened to worship with a ceremony held on 6 November 2021.
The ceremony was attended by Mayor of Karatay Hasan Kılca, President of Trebinje Islamic Union Miralem Hadzimahovic, Chief Imam of Trebinje Islamic Union Council Sadik Fazlagic, Deputy Mayors of Karatay Ramazan Şevik, Mehmet Eğin, Mehmet Toknal, Osman Ciger and other guests.
Chief Imam of Trebinje Islamic Union Council Sadik Fazlagic said at the ceremony that the Zupa Mosque, located at the farthest point in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is one of the oldest mosques in Trebinje. Reminding that the mosque, which was built during the reign of Ahmed I, one of the Ottoman sultans, was damaged many times, he stated that each time it was repaired with the support of the congregation and resurrected. Explaining that there was damage to the roof of the mosque after the last repair, Fazlagic said that the Trebinje Islamic Union Council and the Zupa community started an aid campaign for the repair of the leaking roof.
Adnan Bijedic, a resident of Zupa, said that the mosque, which has survived for centuries, symbolizes the proud and determined stance of the Zupa community.
Upon the request of the Trebinje Islamic Union, it was decided at the TDBB Executive Board meeting in July that the roof restoration of the Zupa Mosque would be carried out in cooperation with TDBB and Konya’s Karatay Municipality. After the decision, work started and the roof restoration of the mosque was completed in a short time and delivered.