The Kajtaz House

The Kajtaz House

The Kajtaz house was built in the late 16th century. It used to be a harem for a Turkish judge. This is the oldest preserved house in Mostar and is located near the Old Bridge in a settlement called Luka. It gives visitors a feeling as if they are back in the 15th century. When visitors enter the house they will see four rooms. Four rooms for Kajtaz's wives. The first woman's room is the largest and the only one with a "normal" door where a woman could enter without bending down, and this represented some power or authority, while the other three women had to bend down when entering their rooms.

Anes Kajtaz, the youngest heir of this estate also reports that each woman had her share in the toilet, so there were 4 septic tanks. There are many old antiques and items in the house but there are two special items. The first book is written in the mother tongue about Islamic morality and behavior and the second is one special letter. Afendija Kajtaz, Anes's grandfather, received a letter from the Sharia authorities in 1905 that he could marry for the second time. He also needed the consent of his first wife for the wedding, which he received.

Until the death of Anes' grandmother in 1980, the house was used for housing and later when the war brought refugees from another part of the city until 2003 it was their home. Today it is a destination for many tourists.

Author of the aricle

Amila Hasečić - contact: [email protected]

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