Llapi Mosque (Pristina)

Status

Type of Protection: Inventorised Date of Protection: 20.08.2000

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: 2013

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

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

History

Llapi Mosque is located in the northern peripheral part of the old city center (Old Qarshia) of Pristina. Historically, it is known as the Ramadani Mosque and belongs to the Ottoman period. Most of the documentary evidence prove that the Llapi Mosque was built in 1470. But in 1996 a marble plate was found in the yard which leads to another date construction (p Hijra 959, respectively in 1551). According to an anonymous traveller, it is said that the mosque was started as a church when the minaret's construction began, Catholics destroyed it twice during the night. Archaeological excavation is never done and probably would enlighten the origins of the building. Mosque constantly functioned as a place of worship and prayer until 1999, when it was burned and then abandoned. The Llapi mosque consists of the mosque and its minaret, a courtyard with surrounding walls on the north and west, the land of ablutions (a fountain for ablutions before prayer) which is located within the perimeter wall. The base of the mosque has a dimension of 11.5 x 11 m. Its walls have a thickness of 1.5 m and are constructed of sand carved stone and wrapped with mortar. The minaret was built in the same way. Mosque rooms is divided by Cuba relied in Octagon. The transition from the octagonal foundation was conducted with pendentive. The interior of the mosque is known for pendentive beginning at ground level to support the octagonal cupola above the square room, which makes this Mosque very special. The interior is decorated with colourful murals, floral motifs dominating. These drawings are highly valued by specialists of Islamic art as rare and unique work of the XVI century. The mosque was renovated in the 1980s. It was burned during the war of 1999. Although not completely destroyed, doors, windows and interior details of wood were burned. The entire inner surface is covered with soot and dirt, and the floor is covered with pieces. Since 1999 the mosque was left to fate, without doors or windows. During the renovation in 1980, the minaret was repaired with red bricks. Later facade from the road side, the western wall of the mosque is covered with white silicate brick. The entrance to the mosque, which originally was from the yard, is covered with roof to serve as the entrance to the neighbouring commercial space. The yard in general has lost its original aspect and is used as a parking lot. “Mihrab”, "pulpit" and “mahvili” inside the mosque were entirely destroyed by fire. "Mihrab" was decorated with colourful geometric ornament. “Pulpit” was built of stone and in a later stage was covered with compensate. "Makvilli" was built of wood. Conservation / restoration of the mosque was made during 2009- 2010. The whole interior is cleaned of debris and soot. Elements of interior of wood, doors and windows have been rebuilt according to the original model. The floor is rebuilt. Walls have been restored by the field specialists, using materials and modern best practices. Whilst outside, coating silicate bricks and Annex are removed and damaged mortar is repaired using traditional limestone layer. Iron layer under the hood is replaced with traditional layer. The mosque is now open to the religious community.

References

Unique number: 002721

Name: Llapi Mosque

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Prishtinë

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Pristina

City/Village: Prishtina

Locality: "Nearby Lapi mosque"

Postal Code: 10000

Name of Street: "Ilir Konushevci"

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkitektuale - ENG

Period: Ottoman

Century: 15th

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