Kerek Mosque - Namazjah (Prizren)

Status

Type of Protection: Permanent protection Date of Protection: 329/87

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 Namazjah is located in the north-western part of the city, next to the Prizren-Gjakova road. The word “namazjah” comes from an old Persian word, meaning a prayer place. After the fall of Prizren under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, in 1455, Isa Bey, a commander assigned by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, built the prayer room for the Ottoman soldiers. The main master and supervisor was Ahmed Çaush. After the complete deployment of the Ottoman rule, Namazjah was left unattained, since regular mosques begun building. Later, since the Namazjah was in the suburbs of the former Prizren town, it was left to the use of farmers. In the 50-es, close to the Prayer Room, a large storage facility was built, also using a part of stones from the Namazjah. Similar to such a construction, when the health house was built around the 80-es of the 20th Century, old graves were destroyed around the Namazjah, and now only a few graves remain, now turned into Turbe. In 2000, the Prizren Institute for Protection of Monuments, in due consideration of the relevance of the building, developed a layout design for restoration of Namazjah, to be later funded by the Turkish Government. With the support of the Municipality, a restoration plan was developed for the Namazjah and the yard around it. Namazjah is built in a rectangular foundation, with chiselled stones connected with lime plaster. On the top of three stairs there is a plateau, with a 1 m wall, showing the niche and the Mihrab. In the right corner of the wall, there is a Minaret, with a rectangular foundation and a hexagonal structure, worked in carved stone. The Namazjah is also known by the people as Kerek Mosque, which means a broken mosque. Together with its surroundings, the building is a monument of historical value, and it is characteristic for the western part of Prizren.

References

Unique number: 000345

Name: Kerek Mosque - Namazjah

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prizren

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Prizren

City/Village: Prizren

Locality: Road Prizren-Gjakova

Postal Code: 20000

Name of Street: De Rada

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 15th

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