Ottoman decrees preserved in Bosnian museum


Five Ottoman edicts have found a home in Sarajevo’s Old Orthodox Church Museum, which is normally the home of some of the world’s most valuable Christian icons.

The edicts date from the time when the rule of Ottoman sultans extended across southeastern Europe, from the mid-15th to the late 19th centuries.

Among those housed in the museum is a 1695 decree from Sultan Mustafa that bestowed property on Orthodox monks and Sultan Mahmut I’s order banning the sale of alcohol.

Other edicts, written in Arabic, date to the 17th and 18th centuries. Read more.

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