Et'hem Bey Mosque

  Sheshi Skënderbej     more than a year ago
Construction of this gorgeous little mosque was started in the early 1790s by Molla Bey, a task that wasn’t completed for another three decades when the building was finally finished by his son, Haxhi Et’hem Bey. Closed under Communist rule, the building reopened as a house of worship in January 1991 without the permission of the authorities. Some 10,000 courageous people dared to attend prayers, and remarkably the police did nothing to intervene, an event now hailed as a milestone in the rebirth of religious freedom in Albania. Take a look at the colourful frescoes outside and in the portico which depict trees, waterfalls and bridges - motifs rarely seen in Islamic art. Take your shoes off before entering. Friday prayers at 13:30 from May-Sep, 12:30 Oct-Apr.

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Open 08:00-22:00, closed for 45 minutes each prayer time.


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