Saraç Mosque – Kukli Mehmed Bey Mosque (Prizren)

Status

Type of Protection: Permanent protection Date of Protection: 1299/70

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 Kukli Bey – Saraçhane Mosque is located in the centre of the city, in the Saraçhane neighbourhood, formerly known as the area where leather processing craftsmen worked, and a wheat market was placed. The building is close to the Halvetiye Tekke, and close to the Gazi Mehmed Pasha Hamam. The Kukli Bey Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the city, and bears special cultural and historical values. In 1531, the mosque was built by Kukli Mehmed-Bey, who was a Vali of the area from Thessaloniki to Bosnia. The mosque has a rectangular shape, with 9 x 9 m dimensions, built in natural stone connected in lime plaster. over the rectangular foundation, an octagonal tumbler is found, over which the roof is cast. From the outside, the roof is hexagonal, and was initially covered in stone slabs, while the internal area is covered by a cupola. The mosque façade is not plastered, and the structure of stone rivers, cast in irregular patterns, and connected in lime plaster, is visible. The horizontal fitting of the wall structures was made by wooden joists, which are also visible in the façade. The entrance to the mosque is a door placed in the south-western façade. The door is wooden, with a semi-circular opening, and a frame in chiselled stone in a regular pattern. Along the door, the façade also holds a niche with the Mihrab. In the southern angle, close to the front façade, a minaret is built. The minaret has a hexagonal foundation, worked in chiselled stones, a circular structure plastered, while the gallery is rich in geometric decorations, covered with a conical “kulah” (top). The mosque interior used to be rich in mural paintings. In 1963, due to the road expansion, the mosque vestibule was demolished in the south-western façade. In 1977 and 1994, several renovations were made, including a plastering of the interior, and removal of murals; the roofing stone slabs were replaced with argyle roof tiles; also, during 2000-2003, some renovation and repairs were made in the building. In 2008, the vestibule was reconstructed. In 2009, due to an electrical problem, the interior of the mosque took fire. The interventions mentioned were made by the people themselves, in an arbitrary manner.

References

Unique number: 000356

Name: Saraç Mosque – Kukli Mehmed Bey Mosque

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prizren

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Prizren

City/Village: Prizren

Locality: Saraçhane

Postal Code: 20000

Name of Street: Saraqëve

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 16th

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