Bišćevića ćošak


The residential complex Bišćević – Lakšić, Biščevića ćošak or Turkish House, belongs to the Ottoman period and is located in the city of Mostar. It has been declared a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The residential complex Bišćević – Lakišić is located along the river Neretva.


The corner protruding above the Neretva on two very high and boldly placed stone pillars, presents this house as the boldest composed work of residential architecture from the Ottoman period in Mostar. The chamber or divanhana has preserved the original Ottoman style, the house abounds in authentic furniture, and the garden is a representative example of the Ottoman style of construction.

The complex has remained relatively unchanged to this day and consists of two parts: the selamluk (men’s courtyard or part of the house for receiving guests and business talks), which makes Biščević’s house, and the haremluk (women’s courtyard or family, intimate part of the building), which is presented part of Lakišić’s house. “Haremluk” is surrounded by high walls for protection from the wind, the strong Herzegovinian sun and the protection of women and her privacy. According to the concept of spatial organization, Bišćević’s house is a type of house with an external hall. The outer hall is covered, open on the east side, and the first floor is supported by wooden pillars.

Laksic’s house originally formed a whole with Biscevic’s house. It was intended for the private life of the family, and was therefore larger in size, with more living quarters, less lavish and decorated.

The current condition of the monument

After World War II, the owners turned Bišćević’s house into a private museum, called the Museum of the Ottoman House. The owners themselves continued to live in the house. The museum consists of 3 rooms. The small bedroom is intended exclusively for a married couple. Women’s room – divanhana is a summer room because there are no windows, and it is open even during the winter. The most beautiful room in the house is the men’s room, which is located on two pillars 12 meters high. It has windows in the same shape as in the mosque and a dome-shaped roof, which all indicates the wealth of the family.

During the 1992-1995 war. year, the house was damaged. After the war, the house was repaired, and the museum reopened. It is in relatively good condition.

Lakisic’s house also suffered extensive damage. According to the agreement between the “Stari Mostar” foundation and the owner of the house, the house was restored and reconstructed (masonry, carpentry, roofing, facade and fine works). It is used for the residence of AKTC associates (The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva) in Mostar and is in extremely good condition.


Bišćevića ćošak
Biščevića bb, Mostar 88000
036 550-677