Karabash Complex (Prizren)


Type of Protection: Inventorised Date of Protection: 2003

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 2014-2015


Karabash complex is located in the south-western part of Prizren on the left side of the river Lumbardhi. This complex has great historical, spiritual and architectural significance as it represents the oldest cemetery preserved in Prizren. The old cemetery dates from c. XV and three covered tombs were built in the first half of the XX century. Tomb of Rabia Hanum - According to the inscription carved in tombstone, it was built in 1905. Tomb has rectangular layout, built with bricks and lime mortar as binder. The roof is four guttered wooden covered with metal sheets, while the top has an “alam” profiled metal. Inside the tomb, there is a cuboid shaped grave with tombstone of cylindrical shape with capital where in addition to the inscription engraved in Talik style, there are decorations of floral motifs. Mullah Hussein Tomb - built in the early XX century, where two Halveti and Sinani spiritual ranked leaders were buried. It has a square-shaped layout, built of stones and unbaked bricks - mud. The building is plastered on the outside and inside. The construction of four guttered roof is wooden, covered with metal sheets. Inside the tomb, there are two graves covered with two guttered timber lid. Mustafa Karabash Efendi Tomb - according to some legends, it is believed that reburying of Mustafa Karabash Efendi was made somewhere at the end of the XVIII century in the city’s cemeteries, now known as the Karabash graveyard. During the reburial, the tomb is presumably built with eight-angular layout. The walls are built of stone on the outside and have profiling around the corner and around the openings. The roof is eight-guttered wooden supported on drum under which the dome is located. Roof cover is made of “tegoli” elements. For years, the tombs suffered minor interventions with the purpose of repairing. After World War II a large share of the surface covering these graves are nationalised and used for other purposes as hospital complex, school complex, the city park and the stadium. During this period, this location is not used, being left at the mercy of time. In the surface of Karabash complex, each year on 5th of May, the feast of St. George is celebrated, known among people as the day of Karabash Baba. In 2007, the old cemetery is surrounded with a wall and a path was built crossing the longitudinal axis of the complex and activities in this area are prohibited.


Unique number: 000416

Name: Karabash Complex

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prizren


Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Prizren

City/Village: Prizren


Postal Code: 20000

Name of Street: “Mehmet Hasi”, “Salajdin Berisha”

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 15th

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