Adem Aga Gjoni House (Prizren)


Type of Protection: Inventorised Date of Protection: 04.04.2003

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

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


Prizren is one of the richest cities in Kosovo in cultural heritage. Cultural heritage in Prizren is expressed in constructive and spiritual forms. Along with known religious buildings in Prizren, there are many traditional houses, built during the 18th and 19th centuries, and by the early 20th century, which bear major historical and architectural values. Traditional houses constructed for Beys, craftsmen, farmers, merchants and state dignitaries of that time bear special features, due to their manners of spatial organization, style and ornaments, represent the societal strata of owners. Also, houses within a complex provide more information on the circumstances, connections and development of urban and rural centres, constructive/architectural and urban features, customs, lifestyles, etc. One of the representative buildings of this heritage is also the house of Adem Aga Gjoni in Prizren. This building was constructed in the 18th century, and underwent an extensive renovation in the 19th century, especially in its interior. The Adem Aga Gjoni house is located in the western boundary of the Historical Centre of Prizren, behind the Municipal Building. The building is built in floors, it is symmetrical and has a vestibule in the ground floor, a garret on the upper floor. The ground floor has two rooms, a pantry and the vestibule, and it is divided in two parts in a longitudinal wall. Up the floor, a closed garret and four rooms around the garret are found. The building features rich architecture, both in proportion and shapes, and also the treatment of the frontal façade. The frontal façade on the south front features rich ornaments in wood, such as the hanging horizontal mid-floor slab in the form of a lintel, decorated in geometric motives. Tumblers over windows are carved in wood, the hexagram shapes dominating. The vestibule in the middle of the ground floor is supported on two wooden polls with cushions decorated in floral elements. A wide awning on the roof covers the building, thereby creating a crown. The building interior is rich in ethnographic elements. Woodcarving is characteristic, and done in rare mastery. The following are worth mentioning: wooden ceilings, with geometric decorations; doors worked in wood and metallic handles; cupboard covers, shelves and sanitary boards, and fireplaces for heating the sanitary water. The construction is worked with a combination of stone for the foundation and ground floor walls, to a height of 1.5 m, and adobe for the wall structures and wooden joists, thereby creating a “bondruck” system wall envelope. The roof is four-guttered, covered in argyle roof tiles. After the World War II, the building was divided by a longitudinal wall, and from that time, the house is used by two families. At that time, other interventions were made in the interior and exterior areas of the building, and owners have adapted the building to modern requirements (sanitary facilities, staircase on the eastern façade, etc.). The house had also a guesthouse, close to the road access, which was ruined in 1978. The Adem Aga Gjoni house is an example of the oriental/local housing architecture of a plain type, which belonged to richer layers of society.


Unique number: 000476

Name: Adem Aga Gjoni House

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prizren


Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Prizren

City/Village: Prizren

Locality: Behind the Municipal Building of Prizren

Postal Code: 20000

Name of Street: Saraçëve

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 19th

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