Šarena Džamija


Šarena Džamija
Šarena Džamija
Basic information
Location Tetovo, Macedonia
Geographic coordinates 42°00′07″N 20°34′48″E / 42.002052°N 20.580033°E / 42.002052; 20.580033
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Isak Bey
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic, Ottoman
Completed 1438
Specifications
Length 10 m
Width 10 m
Minaret(s) 1
Materials Natural stones and colours

Šarena Džamija, (Macedonian: Шарена Џамија; Albanian: Xhamia e Pashës; Turkish: Alaca Cami) meaning Decorated Mosque in English, is a mosque located near the Pena River in Tetovo, Macedonia. The mosque was originally built in 1438 and later rebuilt in 1833 by Abdurrahman Pasha.[1]

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History

The Šarena Džamija was originally built in 1438.[2] The architect behind the Šarena Džamija was Isak Bey.[2]

Most mosques of the time had sultans, beys or pashas financing their constructions, but the Šarena Džamija, however, was financed by two sisters from Tetovo.[3] As with many mosques, a hammam was built nearby across the river.

Abdurrahman Pasha, a great enthusiast of art who was fond of Tetovo, reconstructed the Šarena Džamija in 1833.[4]

In 1991, the Islamic Community in Tetovo built walls around the mosque in the typical classical Ottoman style.[1]

In 2010, a renovation of the exterior paintings was completed[5] and, with a €94,700 grant from the United States State Department, the façade will be reconstructed and preserved in 2011.[6]

Architecture

Unlike the traditional Ottoman ceramic tile decorations in mosques, the Šarena Džamija has bright floral paintings.[7]

Details of the painted walls of the Šarena Džamija
Courtyard
Early picture of Šarena Džamija

More than 30,000 eggs were used to prepare the paint and glaze that went into the elaborate decorations.[8] [9] Another major difference between the Šarena Džamija and other Ottoman mosques is that the Šarena Džamija does not have a distinctive exterior dome.[10]

Türbe

Mosque entrance

The courtyard of the Šarena Džamija is filled with many flowers, a fountain, and a türbe. The octagonal "türbe" houses the resting places of Hurshida and Mensure, the two sisters who financed the construction of the mosque in 1438. [11]

References

  1. ^ a b Xhamia e Pashes
  2. ^ a b Pg 106 - Institut za nacionalna istorija (Skopje, Macedonia) (1979). A history of the Macedonian people (1979 ed.). Macedonian Review Editions. http://books.google.com.au/books?id=4mtpAAAAMAAJ&q=painted+mosque+tetovo&dq=painted+mosque+tetovo&hl=en&ei=hFYDTcTEJMOecJHh1c0E&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBQ. 
  3. ^ Enduring Time « Notes from Near and Far
  4. ^ "Historical Momuments: Painted Mosque". Municipality of Tetova. http://www.tetova.gov.mk/en/q/13/50.html. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Заврши обновувањето на Шарена џамија". 2010-07-29. http://www.utrinski.com.mk/default.asp?ItemID=C7C63CC894C2584C9A3D3CB41708BB8E. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Преубавата Шарена џамија ќе се реставрира со американска помош". 2011-09-15. http://www.build.mk/?p=9721. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  7. ^ Lonely Planet Western Balkans - Google Books
  8. ^ "Tito, Teto and Some Troubled Tourism Await You in Tetovo, Macedonia". Balkan Travellers. http://www.balkantravellers.com/en/read/article/211. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ Trankova Dimana (August 2007). "Tito, Teto and some troubled tourism await you in Macedonia". Vagabond - Bulgaria English Monthly (11). http://www.vagabond-bg.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=710%3Awelcome-to-tetovo-&catid=93%3Awestern-balkans&Itemid=42. 
  10. ^ Balkanology :: Macedonia :: Skopje and Surroundings
  11. ^ Thammy Evans (Second Edition - 2007). Macedonia. Bradt Guides. pp. 213. ISBN 978-1-84162-186-9. 

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