Prusac is a small village in central Bosnia. During the Ottoman period, it was an important town known as Aqhisar. Prusac is well known for its Ajvatovica – the largest Muslim gathering in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ajvatovica is the most famous pilgrimage in the country and in this part of Europe. Its tradition is centuries old and has its roots in pre-Islamic Slavic traditions. The central pilgrimage is held every year in the last week of spring.
Ajvatovica is related a the legend of Ajvaz Dede and his prayers that divied the rock. Ajvaz Dede, an old grandfather who prayed for water during a long period of drought that threatened the small mountain hamlet of Prusac in 1510, during Ottoman rule. However, Ajvaz Dede found a powerful spring of water near the village on the mountain Šuljaga. The spring had been shut off by a rock 74 meters long and 30 meters wide, which obstructed the construction of a running water system. Ajvaz Dede spent 40 days beseeching Allah to split the rock. On the fortieth morning, following his prayers, Ajvaz Dede dreamt that two white rams collided and split the rock. When he awoke, he saw the rock split in half. Wooden pipes were placed along the newly formed canyon to take water into Prusac. Seeing it as a sign of God’s miracle and blessing, people began going on pilgrimages to the place where the rock had split.
The tour would include a visit and tour of the village; the ruins of the castle; a tour of the pilgrimage site, visit to Ajvaz dede tomb; Hasan Kafi Aqhisari's mosque and tomb.
Prusac is a small town in central Bosnia that is the center of largest muslim gathering in Europe – Ajvatovica. This tour will take you through the old town, ruins of the castle, the pilgrimage site, Ajvaz dede tomb and Hasan Kafi mosque.