Et'hem Bey Mosque
The Hadji Et'hem Bey Mosque is an 18th-century mosque located in the center of the Albanian capital Tirana. Closed under communist rule, the mosque reopened as a house of worship in 1991, without permission from the authorities. 10,000 people attended and the police did not interfere. Frescoes outside and in the portico depict trees and bridges – motifs seen in Islamic art. Construction was started in 1791 or 1794 by Molla Bey and it was finished in 1819 or 1821 by his son Haxhi Ethem Bey, grand-grandson of Sulejman Pasha. At the time it was built it was part of complex buildings that compose the historical center of Tirana. In front of mosque was the old Bazaar, in east the Sulejman Pasha Mosque, built on 1614 and destroyed during World War II, in the north-west the Karapici mosque. During the totalitarianism of the Socialist People's Republic of Albania, the mosque was closed. On January 18, 1991, despite opposition from communist authorities, 10,000 people entered carrying flags; this was at the onset of the fall of communism in Albania.
The event was a milestone in the rebirth of religious freedom in Albania. The Mosque today, constitutes of an architectural complex together with the Clock Tower of Tirana. Tours of the mosque are given though not during prayer service. Visitors must take their shoes off before entering the inner room; the Mosque is composed by a portico that surrounds its north and the minaret. On the north side is the entrance to the prayer hall, a squared plan and is constructed in a unique volume, it is covered with dome and the dome is semi-spherical and has no windows. The frescoes of the mosque depict trees and bridges. Timeline of Islamic history Islamic architecture Islamic art List of mosques Islam in Albania
Iljaz Mirahori Mosque is a historic mosque in Korçë, Albania. It was built in 1494 by Iljaz Hoxha, a veteran of the Istanbul Conquest and the city-founder of Korçë. on the foundations of an existing church called dedicated to Saint Paraskevi. With its minaret being torn down during the Communist dictatorship, the Iliaz Mirahor mosque was declared a religious Cultural Monument of Albania. After the end of Communist rule in the 1990s, the minaret was rebuilt in 2014; the Ottoman Clock Tower of Korçë in front of the mosque was rebuilt
Fort Mosque, Lezhë
The Castle Mosque is a Cultural Monument of Albania, located in Lezhë
The Mosque of Mahmud Agha Kokonozi or New Bazaar Mosque is an Ottoman-era mosque built in 1750 and one of the few mosques that survived the communist dictatorship under the Hoxhaist regime. In 1966, the Kokonozi Mosque was closed and transformed into a food storehouse, it was used as a tobacco store; the Kokonozi mosque was reopened in February 18, 1991. History of the Mosque
The Clock Mosque called Abdurrahman Pasha Mosque or Peqin Mosque is a Cultural Monument of Albania, located in Peqin. It was built in 1666 by Abdi Pasha the Albanian and resembled the Et'hem Bey Mosque in the Albanian capital Tirana; the mosque is located in the central square of the old town at the main route between Durres and Elbasan. Destroyed by a fire, it was rebuilt in the 1830s by an Abdi Pasha's descendant, Cafer Sadık Pasha, its minaret and its dome were destroyed in 1970 by the communist dictatorship under Enver Hoxha. The mosque was reconstructed in 1992
Kubelie Mosque is a mosque in Kavajë, Albania. This mosque was built here under the Ottomans by Kapllan Beu; the Old Mosque, stood about 70m to the east of the current one. Kubelie mosque is described as a "beautiful building, with a dome and a peristyle. Marble facades rise under the cypress trees with their Byzantine columns and their Arabian arches." List of mosques in Albania
Bazaar Mosque, Gjirokastër
Gjirokastër Mosque known as the Bazaar Mosque, is a mosque located in Gjirokastër, Albania. The mosque was built in 1757. and is located in the Old Bazaar neighbourhood. It is one of fifteen mosques built in the city during the Ottoman era, of which thirteen survived till the communist period; the mosque was designed to be located in the New Bazaar neighbourhood of Gjirokastër, as part of Memi Pasha's urban plan, built in the 17th century. It was, destroyed by fire in the following century, with the exception of the mosque; the mosque was elevated to "Cultural Monument" status by the Albanian government in 1973, sparing its destruction by the totalitarian communist regime of Albania. The remaining twelve mosques were subsequently demolished; because of a religion ban in Albania, the mosque was used as a training hall for circus acrobats who made use of the high domed ceilings to hang their trapezes. Nearby the mosque is a two-story octagonal building, constructed in 1727. Although used as a Bektashi cemevi, it was closed down during the communist period.
It is used as a madrasah