Watchtower (Prizren)

Status

Type of Protection: Permanent protection Date of Protection: 1263/68

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 2010

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 2011

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 2012

History

The Archaeological Museum is part of the Hamam, built by the late 15th century, namely in 1498. The founder of this Hamam is assumed to be Shemsudin Ahmed Bey. Lacking written sources, it is not known until when the Hamam was used as a bath, but it is known that the Hamam was not used as a bath by the mid-19th century, when over the hot area, a Watch Tower was built by Eshref Pasha Rrotulli. During archaeological research in 2003, in the southern part of the facility, several remnants of the cold area (reception) of the Hamam was found, over which the residential building was built. According to this fact, it may be concluded that the Turkish bath was already ruined already by the 19th century. The facility was left unattained and was being used by the residents as a storage facility, until 1972, when restoration and conservation works begun. On 17 November 1975, the facility was solemnly inaugurated, but with a new designation, meaning that the Hamam was turned into an Archaeological Museum. The Museum features archaeological materials from sites in the Prizren region, namely from the municipalities of Prizren, Dragash, Rahovec and Suhareka. The items feature a wide chronological scope, including early Neolite, Eneolite, the Bronze Era, the Iron Era, the Roman era, early Medieval and late Medieval ages. The object is rectangular, and is constructed in various stones and bricks, while lime plaster is the connecting material. The roof is made of seven cupola and three lintels, all covered in lead sheeting. The Watch Tower is built in baked argyle bricks. The object floor is paved in stone slabs, in the 70-es of the 20th Century, when the object was turned into an archaeological museum. A specific feature of the facility is that the Hamam has a watch tower, thereby representing two buildings that have no functional link between them, and the combination is unique. In 2008, restoration works were begun, and they have yet to be finished. The Archaeological Museum is of outstanding value, since it represents a specific item of two typologies. Apart from architectural and artistic value, the museum includes high historical and scientific value items.

References

Unique number: 000438

Name: Watchtower

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prizren

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Prizren

City/Village: Prizren

Locality: “Saraç Street”

Postal Code: 20000

Name of Street: “Saraqëve”

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 15th

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