The Pomak Family House (Prizren)

Status

Type of Protection: Inventorised Date of Protection: 03.04.2003

Type of Protection: Inventorised Date of Protection: 2002

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

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

History

The Pomaku Family house is located in the old “Saraçhane” neighbourhood, in the centre of the Historical Zone of Prizren. It was built during the 18th century. This house is a symbol of traditional residential architecture, with characteristic elements visible in the exterior and interior. The building has floors. For a difference from other houses of the period, the ground floor was used as commercial premises, including a kitchen and a storage room for foods and worktools. The upper floor may be accessed in two ways: internal wooden staircase, linking the ground and upper floor, and the external staircase, in the eastern façade, also providing direct access to the upper floor from the foundation. The first floor is used for housing. It includes a vestibule in the northeastern corner, which was open in the beginning, but was covered later, with windows and three rooms connected by a lobby. The upper floor rooms protrude from the foundation over the ground floor, in different dimensions. The structure of the building features a combination of stone in the ground floor, and the bondruck system (adobe and wood) on the upper floor. The roofing construction is four-guttered and woden, covered in argyle roof tiles, and wide coverings protruding from the wall envelopes for around one meter. The windows have wooden frames, and decorated metallic windowsills. The ground floor is paved in pressed soil, and planks in the upper floor. The interior is characterized by applied arts: wood carved ceilings, cupboards, closets, shelves, decorated wooden polls, ornamented with geometric and floral elements. Rooms feature in-wall fireplaces, which were used to heat the water for sanitary purposes. The yard is paved in cobble stone, and also shows traces of the channel for the Lumbardh stream, while on the northern side, the granary is preserved. The Pomaku family house is distinguished by its composition integrity, starting from the entry gate, the granary, the yard paved in cobblestone, and the house itself. This house, with its position, and auxiliary facilities in the yard, has preserved its authenticity, and represents one of the most characteristic examples of an urban house of the 18th and 19th century in Prizren.

References

Unique number: 000506

Name: The Pomak Family House

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prizren

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Prizren

City/Village: Prizren

Locality: Saraçhane

Postal Code: 20000

Name of Street: Saraçëve

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 18th

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