Arnaudija Mosque

Arnaudija Mosque (Bosnian: Arnaudija džamija) built in 1594, is a large mosque in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina before it was destroyed by the Army of Republika Srpska on 7 May 1993.[1] Arnaudija is designated National Monument, by the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]

Arnaudija Mosque
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Arnaudija Mosque during its reconstruction
AffiliationSunni Islam
LocationBanja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arnaudija Mosque is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arnaudija Mosque
Shown within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Geographic coordinates44°46′11.8″N 17°10′54.4″E / 44.769944°N 17.181778°E / 44.769944; 17.181778Coordinates: 44°46′11.8″N 17°10′54.4″E / 44.769944°N 17.181778°E / 44.769944; 17.181778

The mosque was demolished by explosives on May 7, 1993, by the Serb militia. The demolition was organized by the authorities of the Republika Srpska which included the demolition of the entire Arnaudija mosque complex and Ferhadija mosque complex that were approximately 800 m (2,600 ft) distant from each other. Both mosques were destroyed in the same night just within the time frame of 15 minutes.

One of the Serbs leaders from Banja Luka, Radoslav Brđanin was convicted for his part in organizing the ethnic cleansing of the non-Serbs and destruction of the properties of Muslims, including mosques. Radoslav Brđanin was sentenced to a single sentence of 32 years of imprisonment. The reconstruction of Arnaudija mosque started in April 2017 and is expected to finish in 2022.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Banja Luka u Snu Archived January 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine - site visited 2006-12-04
  2. ^ "Arnaudija mosque (site and remains of architectural ensemble)". Sarajevo: Commission to preserve national monuments. 7 July 2003. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Ambasador Turske u BiH obišao radove na banjalučkoj Arnaudiji". 13 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Izvještaj sa gradilišta: Arnaudija u Banja Luci". 18 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Mjesečni izvještaj: Stanje reizgradnje Arnaudije u Banjaluci". 7 July 2021.