Arasta Mosque Minaret (Prizren)

Status

Type of Protection: Permanent protection Date of Protection: 1300/70

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 right-hand side of the Lumbardh River, in the old part of Prizren, holds a Mesjid (mosque) built byb Evrenos-Zade Jakup Bey, between the years 1526 and 1538, and later also a minaret. Since the mosque was between the traditional shopping area “Arasta”, the mosque was mostly used by the merchants praying there. The Mosque had two floors, in which the ground floor was used by merchants for storing their goods and as office area, while the upper floor was used for prayers. The mosque had a rectangular foundation, covered by a four-gutter roof and argyle roof tiles. In due time, the building underwent several renovation works, and the last restoration took place in 1911. The Arasta Mosque preserved its original function until 1960. To destroy the image of an oriental town, the government of that time used the pretext of “modernization” to demolish entire neighbourhoods of the old Prizren, which unfortunately included the mosque and the “Arasta” neighbourhood, thereby building multi-floor buildings and the Bank, thereby removing entirely the original view of the city. From the Arasta Mosque, only the Minaret survived. The Minaret is built in pumice stone, connected in lime plaster. It is not plastered, and therefore, the structure is plainly viewed. It is of rectangular foundation, with a wooded door on the eastern wall, leading to the wooden stairs to the gallery. The structure of the minaret is circular, and the gallery is decorated in geometric motives. The Minaret is covered by a conical shape roofing. It is specific that the David’s star is carved in stone in its structure. In 1970, the Mosque Minaret was restored and conserved, and registered as a cultural monument. Until 2007, the minaret enjoyed no maintenance. With the support of the Non-Governmental Organization Cultural Heritage without Borders and the Municipal Assembly of Prizren, the minaret underwent restoration and conservation works. The Arasta Mosque Minaret represents material proof of changes made in different periods of the city’s history.

References

Unique number: 001395

Name: Arasta Mosque Minaret

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prizren

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Prizren

City/Village: Prizren

Locality: Arasta-Saraçhana

Postal Code: 20000

Name of Street: “Adem Jashari”

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 16th

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