Atik Mosque (Gjilan)


Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 2012

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 01.10.2014


Atik Mosque, otherwise known as Madrasah Mosque, was built in the seventeenth century. It is the first mosque built in the city. Records indicate completion of works in 1606, but there are also writings for 1609. Importantly Atik Mosque was built in the second half of the first decade of the XVII century. Establishment of Gjilani in 1750 as a center, conflicts with oldness of Atik Mosque. A mosque like that could not be built in a not strategic and economically underdeveloped town for that time. As such, the mosque bears witness to an older city than Gjilani is considered. Presentation of Gjilan with name Gilan since 1423 as a village should not be surpassed. The mosque has a prayer hall and a minaret, whiles the porch, once operational, is wasted in 1993, when constructed an annex, which is attached to the mosque facility becoming an integral part of his. The mosque is built with different material: stones, bricks, vertical and horizontal bricks, lime mortar and twigs print (swab). Such duplicate materials have affected the resistance of the facility for hundreds of years. The prayer hall has all of its component parts, such as: mihrab, pulpit, kursi or qyrsi and pew. The entrance to the prayer hall is made through the annex on the west side. The mihrab is treated with wall paintings of floral motifs where brown color dominates. Pulpit is located to the right of mihrab, it is worked with wood carving with various geometric motifs. Qyrsi is located in the left corner of mihrab and it is not functional. Pew is not old, but was rebuilt with a wooden fence. Minaret is located to the southern wall, and it has a circular base and skid. The Gallery is in the upper part, decorated with geometrical motifs. Minaret is covered with conical shaped kylah. The base of the minaret is made from carved stone and it is not plastered, while the body is plastered from outside. The interior of the Atik Mosque is plentiful of wall paintings. In dome of Atik Mosque is a belt with eight spaces, in which eight square windows are opened from the inside and a semi arch from the outside. In these eight spaces the wall paintings are placed, which present very precious values of Islamic culture in these lands. Paintings decorations are of plant motifs, belonging to the Persian or Turkish style. During the restoration of wall paintings by painters Demir Behluli and Zeqirja Rexhepi, elements of Albanian tradition were introduced. On the surface of side walls of the prayer hall, rosettes with different motives have been worked, where we see the shape of the goose, the lamp, and the light which is distributed in the form of sunlight. In the courtyard of mosque, a fountain and an object were located where corpses were washed. In their place, now there are accompanying buildings, premises and madrasah.


Unique number: 000066

Name: Atik Mosque

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Gjilan


Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Gjilan

City/Village: Gjilan

Locality: Gjilan

Postal Code: 60000

Name of Street: "Zija Shemsiu" 118

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 17th

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