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Bosnian Arts & Crafts (UNESCO): Sarajevo Calligraphy Workshop

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4/5 Hours
Availability : Every Day (Mon - Sat)
Min Age : 5+
Max People : 6
Tour Overview

Is there a better way to understand the country you are visiting but to actively engage into understanding its culture and heritage? Give your trip a deeper meaning by experiencing and learning about the new cultures and gaining a wider perspective. 

Funky Tours is taking you into the Balkans last existing calligraphy workshop placed in the very heart of Sarajevo. This serene gallery, shop and working place is open for all of our art seeking enthusiast guests. You will have a chance to learn about Bosnian School of Calligraphy from a master himself and find your inner peace in whirlwind of colours and reed qalam strokes while following his instructions. 

Most importantly, besides an incredible knowledge and experience, you will have a chance to bring your home an ever lasting memory shaped into a valuable, hand-made art, not just a souvenir.

You can read more about Hazim and his incredible work in our blog.

Highlights
  • Understand the history and incredible heritage of Bosnian Arts and Crafts
  • Visit a beautiful Bey’s Mosque and take a stroll through the Bascarsija (old town) with a guide.
  • Have a chat with your host, a respectable calligraphy artist Hazim Numanovic who was personally in charge of decorating the beautiful Bey’s Mosque and many other buildings and temples throughout BiH.
  • Learn from the only man in the Balkans who does his stunning works solely on the basis of his ideas and whose work received huge attention in the book Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina published by UNESCO in 2005.  
  • Bring your home your very own calligraphic art work.

What's Included

INCLUDED

Guide
English speaking guide. Guide in different language available on request.
Calligraphy teacher
Our instructor is the master of art of calligraphy.
Souvenir
Make your own simple calligraphic art by using a traditional tool and bring it to your home
Drinks
Enjoy conversation over the Bosnian coffee or Turkish tea.
Private Tour
This is a private tour/workshop.
Availability
Tour is available throughout the year.
Group Discounts
For bigger group bookings, discounts are available.
Online Payments
Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.

NOT INCLUDED

Pick up
Pick up is not included. Please contact us in case you need a transfer to the old town (Bascarsija)
Guide Tipping
Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.

Starting Point & Departure Times

Logistics

  • Tour  from Funky Tours office. Pick up is possible with the additional charge.
  • Departure Times: Daily at 10 AM.

Itinerary

  • STOP 1: Bey’s Mosque
Sarajevo Calligraphy Workshop
Its complex architectural rendition and beautifully decorated main entrance with a spacious yard will fulfil you with tranquility. Calligraphy Work in Bey’s Mosque was entirely made by one man, artist Hazim Numanagic.

We will take a stroll through the old town from our office and will make sure to give you a nice introduction to the Ottoman Period which left a huge impact in the old town of Sarajevo-Bascarsija. Our first stop will be a stunning Bey’s mosque.

Bey’s mosque is one of the most elegant works of architecture in BiH and a masterpiece of Ottoman period. It was built in 1503 and conveniently placed in the heart of Bascarsija.The mosque has suffered through much of a damage over the centuries, and especially the frequent fires from the recent.

However, Bey’s mosque never closed its door to its visitors. It is a less known fact that this stunning mosque has gained back its splendour thanks to Hazim Numanovic, calligraphy artist whom we are going to meet next.

  • STOP 2: Husni Hatt Studio
Sarajevo Calligraphy Workshop
In addition to the Bey’s Mosque, Hazim was in charge of numerous calligraphic inscriptions and the painting and reconstruction of several buildings of religious and cultural significance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Besides this, it is important to mention that Hazim’s work received significant attention in the book Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina published by UNESCO in 2005.

Welcome to Husni Hatt (Ar. Beutiful Letter). Although calligraphy has significantly lost its importance in Europe after the beginning of the new era, it still lives on as an art form and its purest and most beautiful form we will find in a charming studio of Hazmin Numanagic.

We will have a pleasant talk over typical Bosnian coffee or, if someone prefers, tea and Hazim will make sure there are no unanswered questions. By simply talking to an artist such as our host, it is impossible to resist entering a new dimension of the past times which as Hazim often says “give the modern world a way of understanding something that can not be explained by any means of modern technology – spiritualism which is deeply nested in the roots of calligraphy art.”

  • STOP 3: Make your own calligraphy artwork
Sarajevo Calligraphy workshop
Apart from Arabic, Hazim also creates his art in Bosancica, Arabica and Latin. Whatever the letter is, Hazim will teach you about the beautiful and some broader, deeper meaning we may have forgotten.

Your basic tool will be a reed qalam – a type of pen made from a cut, dried reed. Hazim makes his own qalam as well as doing all the paper preparation work which you will have a chance to observe. The paper is dyed with natural dyes of plant origin using different techniques, then a writing pad is prepared, usually with coatings of egg whites. The paper prepared in this way stays for at least six months and only then is it used for writing after ironing. This way, you can be sure that, once this art work enters your home, it will certainly stay there as a faithful friend for many centuries and many, many future generations to come.

Calligraphy demands time and dedication. Therefore, we do not promise you will become calligraphy master within just a few hours, but we do promise an incredible experience while using the old reed qalam.

We should finish around the time of lunch and will make sure to recommend some good place with tasty local dishes in order to have a perfect closure of a day.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle

Optional Extras

Sarajevo Full Walking Tour

  • If you are interested in understanding Sarajevo in depth, we can add a private walking tour for you.
    Additional charge: 20 EUR per person. 

 

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Trip Photos

Sarajevo Calligraphy workshop
Apart from Arabic, Hazim also creates his art in Bosancica, Arabica and Latin. Whatever the letter is, Hazim will teach you about the beautiful and some broader, deeper meaning we may have forgotten.
Sarajevo Calligraphy workshop
When you ask him what is most important in calligraphy, Hazim answers “time”. “Calligraphy Work in Bey’s Mosque was entirely made by one man, artist Hazim Numanagic.
Sarajevo Calligraphy Workshop
In addition to the Bey’s Mosque, Hazim was in charge of numerous calligraphic inscriptions and the painting and reconstruction of several buildings of religious and cultural significance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Besides this, it is important to mention that Hazim’s work received significant attention in the book Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina published by UNESCO in 2005.
Sarajevo Calligraphy workshop
Apart from Arabic, Hazim also creates his art in Bosancica, Arabica and Latin. Whatever the letter is, Hazim will teach you about the beautiful and some broader, deeper meaning we may have forgotten.
Sarajevo Calligraphy workshop
When you ask him what is most important in calligraphy, Hazim answers “time”. “I had a lot of students, young people who wanted to learn calligraphy and I gladly accepted. However, today no one has time anymore. Everyone would like to get what they want in the shortest possible time, with a minimum of effort. This is not the case with calligraphy. Calligraphy has to be studied for years and perfected for the whole life”.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this a private tour?
    Yes. This is a private tour/workshop. 
  2. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Bosnian culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  3. Is the prepayment necessary? 
    Prepayment is not obligatory. You can easily pay on a day of departure.
  4. Can I pay for the tour with credit card?
    Yes, we accept VISA and Maestro. Please note that, in case you would like to make a credit card payment, you will need to do it at our office or by prepayment via credit card authorisation form. Our guides can NOT accept credit cards. 
  5. Which currency is accepted for cash payment?
    We are fans of our local currency (BAM), but you can also pay in EUR, HRK, USD, GBP or even combined.
  6. Can I book this tour in other than English language?
    Tours are possible to book in other than English languages in private option. Do contact our team for further information.
  7. How much in advance I need to book this tour?
    It is recommended to book at least 15 days in advance but our team will go above and beyond to confirm the trips even 24h before the supposed departure. 
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