Mahmud Pasha Watch Tower (Prizren)

Status

Type of Protection: Inventorised Date of Protection: 04.09.2002

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 2011

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

History

The Mahmud Pasha Watch Tower is located in the eastern part of the Mamusha Village, namely in the yard of the Kamber Bey Mosque. According to written sources, Mahmud Pasha Rrotllaj built the tower by the 19th century in sign of charity. Over the main gate of the tower, there is a marble plate with an inscription in Ottoman language, Sulus script, with the following content: “Fi shehri-ramazan – 1231”, which means the year 1815. Watch Towers were built for telling time for the residents, the times of prayer, and working hours for the commercial premises. The towers were built in strategic positions for observation, in occasions of fire or security reasons. The foundation of the Mahmud Pasha Watch Tower is rectangular, cast in chiselled stone, connected in lime plaster. The building has no plastering, and the wall structure is visible. A four-gutter roof, covered in tin sheeting, finishes the upper part. Over the structure, the gallery has a rectangular shape, where the watch was placed. This upper part is also covered in a four-gutter roof, covered in tin. The watch tower can be accessed through a wooden gate, with a semi-circular frame of chiselled stone. From the gate, there are two-side staircases of wood, leading to the upper vantage point. The watch mechanism still exists, but the watch does not function.

References

Unique number: 001341

Name: Mahmud Pasha Watch Tower

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prizren

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Prizren

City/Village: Mamusha

Locality: Centre, close to the Mosque

Postal Code: 25040

Name of Street:

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 19th

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